Breaking News: Two govt Appointees die from COVID-19
The nation was driven by storm as two top government Appointees died as a result of the recent pandemic, novel coronavirus.
They succumbed to the ailment and died in Accra with complications after contracting the respiratory ailment.
According to investigation done by Spot On News, the two appointees already had existing health challenges thus their condition became critical after contracting the ailment.
The former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, who is one of the appointees yesterday passed away after testing positive for the virus.
Spot On News established that he died due to existing ailment which allegedly revealed as blood sugar (diabetes).
Due to the existing health challenge, he succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and died in the process of treatment.
However, the first appointee to have died from the ailment was the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in the Western Region, Anthony K K Sam who died a week after admission at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC).
The MCE died on Friday, June 12, 2020, while receiving treatment.
The Presiding Member of the Assembly, John Kwesi Buckman who confirmed the unfortunate news to the media said the mayor was seen in the office on Wednesday June 5, but left feeling unwell after a meeting with some religious leaders.
The deceased led arrangement towards the closure of four major markets in Sekondi and Takoradi on May 28, 2020 due to surge in COVID-19 cases and also supervised mass testing of COVID-19 for all STMA residents.
In his 10th address to the nation, the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo consoled the bereaved family of the Mayor for their loss.
He noted that Mr Sam did a great job for the country and it was quite unfortunate for him to lose his life at the time that the country needed him the most.
He said the nation would remember his selfless action and the manner he championed the COVID-19 fight at the STMA.
Govt appointees battling COVID-19
The New Patriotic Party’s campaign manager for the 2020 general elections, Peter Mac Manu and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah have been admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19.
These government officials have tested positive for the virus and are currently receiving treatment at various health facilities.
According to the President, most ministers and appointees contracted the virus at the discharge of their duties.
Ghana’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu tested positive for the disease about three weeks ago and received treatment at UGMC.
Currently the minister is at home with information that he has now tested negative for the virus, the President already assured that he was responding well to treatment.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, also tested positive for the Coronavirus within the same period.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo has urged the citizenry to remain discipline and observe the safety protocols in order to aid the fight against the pandemic.
That, he indicated would help speed up actions to bring back the country to normalcy.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE