Wontumi’s Deputy Dies From COVID-19 In Kumasi

The Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako. The Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako.

The death is reported of one of the two deputies to the Ashanti Regional Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako. also known as "Chairman Wontumi".

Sam Cudjoe, the Ashanti Regional NPP's 2nd Vice Chairman, according to sources, died after a short ailment.

Although, the cause of death is yet to be officially announced, many suspect Mr Cudjoe died from COVID-19.

Many media houses in Kumasi, have quoted a relative as saying he suffered a high blood pressure at dawn.

Before his death, he had served the NPP in various capacities in the Ashanti Region.

Sam Cudjoe, had been a long-serving Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NPP, before rising to become the 2nd Vice Chair.

He had been Regional Communications Director and three-time Regional Secretary.

It comes just few days after the death of William Kwabena Boateng, and the Assemblyman for Ayigya-Ahenbronum and elder brother of the Medical Director of Kwadaso SDA Hospital in Kumasi, Dr. Harry Owusu Boateng, who died of the COVID-19 disease, last week after voting during the primaries last Saturday, hours before his death.

Mr Kwabena Boateng, an NPP delegate and the first Presiding Member for Oforikrom Municipal Assembly, reportedly collapsed at the polling station after he had voted. He was rushed to a private hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival at about 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Kumasi-based Nhyira FM confirms that Mr Boateng voted in Saturday's NPP primaries at Ayigya, identified as a hotspot for Covid-19 in the Oforikrom Municipality.

But additional reports available to The Herald is that, another member of Dr. Harry Owusu Boateng's family; a female, has also passed on from an illness suspected to be COVID-19.

Interestingly, the Ashanti Region last Wednesday recorded 205 new cases of the coronavirus and three mortalities as against 42 cases and no death the previous day.

The Region also saw a significant increase in the number of contacts identified from 170 on Tuesday to 453 on Wednesday.

According to the latest Regional COVID-19 update released by the Regional Health Directorate, 352 contacts of confirmed cases were contacted with 297 samples taken on Wednesday, June 24.

The number of deaths which stood at 38 on Tuesday is now 41, while active cases has also moved from 1,001 to 1,165, despite 37 more recovering from the virus.

The report, however, indicated that total admissions and cases in isolation remained 48 and 134 respectively. Also remaining unchanged is the number of districts that have recorded confirmed cases which is 39 out of 43 districts.

The Ashanti Region, currently has cumulative confirmed cases of 3,161, as well as 1,955 recoveries and second to only the Greater Accra Region, which leads the national tally.



Source: theheraldghana