GRIDCo Shutdown Over COVID-19 Traced To Carlos Ahenkora

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Details have emerged, that the Ghana Grid Company Limited (GRIDCo) staff, who first contracted the killer coronavirus, leading to a temporal shutdown of the company, has been identified as a campaign team member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Member of Parliament for Tema West, Carlos Ahenkora, who until two weeks ago, was a Deputy Trade and Industry Minister.

The staff, whose name was given as Laud Mills, a Fleet Manager in-charge of logistics at the Technical Department of GRIDCO, is alleged to have contracted the deadly virus from his politician boss, before sharing it like a birthday cake among colleague staff at work.

Mr Mills, a staunch member of the NPP was mentioned to be part of the ex-Deputy Minister's entourage which toured registration centers in the Tema West Constituency at a time he; MP was told to be in isolation.

The Herald, has gathered that apart from Mr Ahenkora himself, who had originally contracted the virus, about three other members of his campaign team, have so far, tested positive with one person dead.

Carlos Ahenkorah's campaign team member died on Thursday, after he was rushed to the LEKMA Hospital at Teshie in Accra for medical attention.

The deceased (name withheld), a ward coordinator at Lashibi, was among three members of Mr Ahenkorah's campaign team alleged to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

A source said a polling station chairman for Community 5, popularly called Bobo was on admission at Caiquo Hospital, a private facility at Tema, whilst the remainder, Nana Boakye, is in self-isolation and being treated at home.

The news of the death of the ward coordinator, came as a surprise to many constituents. who wondered how he and the two others got infected with the disease.

The incidence seemed to have visibly shaken their admirers and compatriots in the Lashibi community as those the Ghanaian Times approached for comments declined to discuss the issue.

At the time of filing this report, this paper is informed management of the company, has commenced serious fumigation of the entire head office building located at Tema, whiles mass testing of all staff has also begun, accordingly. 

On Wednesday, the state-owned power transmission utility company, GRIDCo, has announced one of its employees had tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from the Company said they received the news last Monday.

According to GRIDCo, "The employee has since been isolated for treatment by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) Covid-19 Management Team, in line with the established protocols".

The statement said, a comprehensive contact tracing process has also begun in order to ensure appropriate measures are taken to protect the lives of those likely to have come into contact with the infected person.

Additionally, as a precautionary measure; a decision has been taken by GRIDCo Management to undertake mass testing of all staff who have been working at its Tema office since June 15, 2020.

GRIDCo explained that this "is in order to immediately identify, isolate and treat employees who may have contracted the virus."

The Company said it has engaged the Covid-19 Team in Tema to manage the process.

It assured its customers and stakeholders that it remains committed to their safety whilst ensuring uninterrupted power transmission services.

Meanwhile, and Industry Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah according to GHS has recovered from the novel Coronavirus.

Carlos Ahenkorah "obtained two consecutive negative laboratory test result for COVID-19" according to a statement from Ghana Health Service (GHS).

The GHS asked Carlos Ahenkorah to observe all COVID-19 safety protocols after being discharged.

Carlos Ahenkorah was criticised by many Ghanaians for breaching COVID-19 protocols by visiting a registration centre despite being aware that he had tested positive for the virus.

He subsequently resigned from his position after intense public pressure for his removal from government.