The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has disclosed that the data of 28, 000 out of the 34,000 travellers who used the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) from March 3 to midnight of March 22, have been processed.
Head of Intelligence Unit at KIA, Lydia Achel, in an interview with JoyNews indicated that the exercise is to make the data user-friendly for contact tracers to easily carry out their duties on the field.
“When the raw data is brought here what we do is we sanitise it by correcting the errors that were not intentionally made and then we segregate it into the regions. And provide each region with its contact list,” she told Maxwell Agbagba.
According to her, about 400 flights carried approximately 35,000 passengers from different parts of the world into the country within the stipulated period, hence the exercise takes time to ensure clarity.
“All the 16 regions in the country are represented and we make sure to disseminate all the information to the various centres.
“After that, the Immigration Regional Commanders of the 16 regions take on the job from there,” she explained.
Breaking it down into regions, Madam Achel said the Greater Accra leads with about 18, 415 contact tracing targets followed by Ashanti with 2, 662, and the Western Region with 760 targets.
On Thursday, March 26, government directed that all individuals who arrived in the country from abroad on or after March 3, 2020, should be identified and tested for Covid- 19.
The directive came four days after the President, Nana Akufo-Addo announced the closure of all borders; sea, air and land, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the country.