Dada Hafco worried about coronavirus spread at Kotoka airport
26 March 2020
By Eugene Brown
UK-based Ghanaian musician Dada Hafco has shared concerns about how Ghana’s world-class airport, Kotoka International Airport, could be a briefing ground for COVID-19.
According to the musician, he strongly believes that the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) is a coronavirus transmission ground for all persons returning to Ghana after the President’s compulsory quarantine was instituted on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Dada Hafco who is currently part of the 1200 people who have been quarantined at the Accra City Hotel made this revelation in an interview on Happy98.9FM’s Ayekoo After Drive with DJ Adviser.
“When we got to the KIA and saw what was happening, I said to myself even if we didn’t have the coronavirus, people might be infected by the time we leave here,” he said.
According to the ‘Y3 bewu nti’ singer who returned to the country on Sunday, the entire process passengers from the United Kingdom were taken through on Sunday was a hectic and chaotic one.
“After the screening by the immigration service, we were all asked to move to the arrival hall and sat there for about 2 hours because the busing arrangement was being made. Though the seats were arranged with spaces in between, the number of people at the arrival hall was a huge one. With people moving back and forth with their luggage looking for their seats, it was not safe,” he added.
He further noted that another instance where the virus could’ve been possibly transmitted was when the buses arrived and people rushed to get on board.
“At the ‘rush hour’ Sammy Baah (Sammy Flex) and I had to distance ourselves from the others and waited patiently to board the bus when it was our turn but the sickness can be gotten at the airport,” he reiterated.
While giving recommendations to the government, Dada Hafco urged the authorities to make sure the measures are well adhered to and done in the right way to prevent a major outbreak.
The President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, in his third address to the nation on the coronavirus outbreak in the country gave an executive directive that required the mandatory quarantine and testing of all persons arriving in Ghana from Sunday, March 22nd, 2020.