Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh detained in UGMC over fears of contracting COVID-19
The Minister of Education (MoE), Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh has been detained at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) over fears of contracting the novel Coronavirus Diseases (COVID-19) infection.
According to a statement issued in Accra and signed by the secretary of the sector ministry, Rodney Nkrumah Boateng the minister is awaiting his COVID-19 test results after reporting himself to the facility when he felt unwell.
This is the second time he has been tested for COVID-19.
“On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, he underwent various tests, including COVID-19, after feeling unwell for a couple of days,” the statement said.
It stated that Dr Opoku Prempeh tested negative for the virus, and this informed his decision to travel to his constituency for his acclamation on Saturday, June 20.
“Following his return to Accra, he still felt unwell, and decided to check himself for further tests, including second test for COVID-19,” the statement stressed.
Although the results are not out, the Education Ministry said the Minister “has been detained at the UGMC as a precautionary measure for further observation, due to his condition.
This development follows reports that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Korle Bu Teaching hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, tested positive for the virus.
Ghana’s Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman Manu, and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Lydia Dsane-Selby are among the high profile government appointees who have tested positive for COVID-19.
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Sekondi-Takoradi, Anthony K.K. Sam, also contracted the virus and unfortunately died.
Currently the nation has recorded14,568 COVID-19 case with 10,907 recoveries and 95 deaths.