BOST Shuts Down After 46 Staff Tested COVID-19 Positive

BOST BOST

The Head office of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) has indefinitely been shut down by the management of the institution after 46 members of staff tested positive of COVID-19.

This was disclosed in an internal communication sent by the Managing Director of the company, Edwin Provencal, to staff of the state institution asking them to stay and work from their respective homes.

It read "as of this evening we have received all 162 COVID-19 tests that were conducted in the Head office these last few days", adding "I am sorry to announce that about 46 members, representing 28.4% of our staff have tested positive".

It said "due to this result, the contact tracing unit will be calling all the staff who have tested positive to start self-isolation immediately".

"I will encourage all GMs to inform their staff at the head office to work from home on Monday as we try to reach our affected staff members. The head office will therefore be CLOSED on Monday".

Multiple sources at BOST have confirmed to The Herald that indeed, the message was sent to them and it has since created panic amongst the staff what the message was posted on the BOST staff WhatsApp platform late Sunday.

They told The Herald that they're adhering the managements directive to stay and work from home.

But most of them felt that MD should have chosen a better approach in sending the message across since the method he chose exposed to them stigmatization and panic.

Most of the BOST staff The Herald spoke with were shocked that the result came the earlier than expected.

The Herald learnt that the BOST samples were taken for three days stating July 1 to July 3.

The various departmental heads according to The Herald's information have informed the respective subordinates about the situation and the directive from management, and it's being obeyed.

Below is the BOST MD's directive

Good Evening Team,

As of this evening we have received all 162 COVID-19 tests that were conducted in the Head office these last few days.

I am sorry to announce that about 46 members, representing 28.4% of our staff have tested POSITIVE.

Due to this result, the contact tracing unit will be calling all the staff who have tested positive to start self-isolation immediately.

I will encourage all GMs to inform their staff at the head office to work from home on Monday as we try to reach our affected staff members.

The head office will therefore be CLOSED on Monday.

Please be safe.

Edwin Provençal

MD, BOST

Source: www.theheraldghana.com