Govt officials, religious leaders tested positive for COVID-19 ask Ghanaians to obey safety protocols
Some government officials and religious leaders who tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) have reiterated the need for Ghanaians to strictly adhere to the safety protocols in curbing the infections rate.
Among these officials are the Minister-designate for Energy, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, health minister designate, Archbishop Charles Gabriel Palmer-Buckle, the Catholic Metropolitan Archbishop of Cape Coast among others.
Mr Opoku Prempeh urged the citizenry to observe the social distancing protocol and also wear their masks everywhere they go.
Recounting his ordeal in an interview, he said he almost died after contracting the virus, saying “I succumbed to the ailment before doctors could detect I had contracted the virus.”
Mr Opoku Prempeh explained that about three initial tests carried out on him revealed he was negative even though he was seriously sick.
Archbishop Palmer-Buckle who recently officiated the burial service of Former President Jerry John Rawlings also contracted the deadly respiratory ailment two weeks after the service.
In a viral video, he charged the citizenry to adopt what he termed as three P’s “Prayer, Protocols and Prayer” to contain the spread of the virus.
The archbishop who received his treatment at the Ga East Treatment and Isolation Centre stated that the ailment was real.
“I have survived it for five days and therefore I encourage anybody who is afflicted not to be afraid because, yes; COVID is real, but healing is equally real if we do our best,” he added.
In similar fashion, Mr Agyeman-Manu advised the citizenry to always wash their hands with soap under running water and rub their hands with alcohol based hand sanitisers.
He noted that the upsurge in the case was alarming, stressing that “support government’s fight by obeying all the laid down protocols to minimise your chances of contracting the virus.”
Mr Agyeman-Manu also called on the citizenry to avail themselves for the vaccines which would arrive in the country by March this year.
Coronavirus since its outbreak in Ghana has infected 79, 655 citizenry with 572 death toll.
Government officials including Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, Finance Minister-designate who is currently in the United States of America receiving treatment for post covid-19 complications after testing positive for the virus last year.
The New Patriotic Party manager for the 2020 general elections, Peter Mac Manu, former Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Carlos Ahenkorah and The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby contracted the virus.
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Anthony KK Sam also died from the ailment.