The Comptroller-Normal of Immigration (CGI), Kwame Asuah Takyi is advocating for the inclusion of Covid-19 testing in the Global Certification of Vaccination in any other case recognised as ‘Yellow Card’ to fortify health stability.
He manufactured the connect with on Tuesday through a world-wide-web-centered seminar on the affect of Covid-19 on the Economic Group of West Africa States (ECOWAS) free of charge movement protocol and the regional integration agenda, structured by the International Centre for Migration Coverage Enhancement (ICMPD) underneath the auspices of European Union, ECOWAS Fee, and Global Labour Corporation.
The CGI explained it would assist reduce, safeguard and include the spread of the coronavirus sickness throughout borders and stay clear of the interference with worldwide traffic and trade.
He, however, suggested that health and fitness clearance for Covid-19 and other infectious conditions need to be strictly enforced as aspect of necessities for entry into member states when carried out.
Mr. Takyi also bemoaned the nonexistence of wellness services at the several entry factors of member States of ECOWAS to cater for the health and fitness demands of border officials who were being unwell and exposed to infectious health conditions and other ever-transforming wellness challenges.
“We need to have productive collaboration amongst border safety agencies and wellness establishments to curtail the feasible unfold of infectious conditions throughout borders”, he added.
Mr. Takyi explained member States should really take into account making ability of port overall health officers by way of a constant training programme to fortify overall health stability in West Africa as part of the new paradigm shift, post COVID-19.
He also famous that as part of plan intervention, member States ought to leverage on engineering to put in closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras together the borders for efficient checking of actions of people along the frontiers.
The CGI reported some of the classes learnt from the closure of the borders were being the rising use of unapproved routes by migrants to enter the entry which he stated has led to the identification of various unapproved routes of entry and exist.
The other people he pointed out have been the connivance of transportation operators and border people who aided vacationers to cross borders illegally, incorporating: “tip-offs from border citizens and the sharing of intelligence between border protection businesses are consequently crucial to combating irregular migration and the struggle towards infectious conditions these types of as Covid-19”.
Other panelists for the webinar had been the Minister for the Inside of Federal Authorities of Nigeria, H.E. Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Commissioner of Trade, Customs and No cost Movement for ECOWAS Commission, Mr. Tei Konzi, Head of Anti-Trafficking Programme for ICMPD, Ms. Melita Gruevska-Graham and Main Complex Adviser for International Labour Organization (ILO), Ms. Lotte Kejser.