As Disease Kills Sekondi-Takoradi Mayor
The man mandated to lead the fight against the deadly coronavirus, has himself been struck by the disease and currently in Intensive Unit of the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) in Accra, hence his absence from the public’s view for some days now.
It has also emerged that, Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, his wife and son, have all contracted the coronavirus.
Details emerging indicate that a test was conducted on the Minister after his wife and son, were admitted at the intensive care unit of UGMC. The test proved positive and the minister, has been on admission at the same hospital for the past one week.
News of Mr Agyeman Manu’s condition, comes after the Mayor for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Kobina Kurentsir Sam, died at the same University of Ghana Hospital, over COVID-19.
Interestingly, the Health Minister, is reported to have denied he has tested positive forCOVID19.He told @utvghana's Afia Pokuaa that he is fine and needed rest and his diabetes medication is why he is there. Nothing was said about Mr Agyeman Manu’s wife and son’s condition.
It is unclear, what arrangements have been made for his office staff and his two deputies; Bernard Okoe Boye and Tina Mensah at the Ministry of Health, who are all Members of Parliament (MPs) on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The country has 11,118 confirmed, 7,091 active cases and 3,979 recoveries and 48 deaths.
The death of the mayor, comes few weeks after his personal driver tested positive for the novel Coronavirus. The Mayor’s driver, whose name was unknown was put in isolation, but the mayor continued to report to work, despite calls for him to self-isolate.
In the case of the Minister, multiple sources in the medical team at the hospital who confirmed the information to Citi News, say the Dormaa Central MP, was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and is “in a stable condition”.
Citi News checks at the Health Ministry, has corroborated the story as information there suggests Mr Agyeman Manu, has taken “a few days off from work” and has not reported to work all week.
The UGMC currently has four patients on admission at the ICU with several others in the main wards of the hospital’s COVID-19 wing.
The Health Minister, who announced Ghana’s first COVID-19 case in a night broadcast in March this year, would be the first high profile government official to have confirmed positive for the novel Coronavirus.
He is known for urging the public to be cautious of the virus during his regular appearances at the bi-weekly press briefings on COVID-19 by the Information Ministry, which has been conspicuously put on hold for a while.
The information is coming at a time the leader of government business in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah, has lamented how MPs, Parliamentary Service staff and journalists, who tested positive for the virus have refused to self-isolate.
Although, no names have been mentioned, Mr Mensah Bonsu’s lamentations, suggest more than one person in the House of Legislature, has tested positive and this could include MPs.
In the case of the Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in the Western region, Anthony K.K. Sam, Citi News reports that is sources at the UGMC in Accra where the MCE died, have revealed his Coronavirus case was compounded by a failure of the lung.