I cannot be isolated simply because I tested positive for COVID-19—Carlos Ahenkorah
The Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Kingsley Carlos Ahenkorah has affirmed that he has taken part in the ongoing voters’ registration with his COVID-19 status.
According to him, he was fully aware of his status but wanted to initiate the registration process for members of his constituency.
Speaking on Asempa FM in Accra on Thursday, the minister assured that he did not risk the lives of participants.
He said he adhered to all the COVID-19 Safety protocols, hence there was nothing wrong for him to partake in the registration exercise.
“I adhered to all the social distancing and health protocols, implying that I did not put anyone at risk,” Mr Ahenkorah added.
Elaborating more on his reasons for engaging in the exercise, he explained that his absence from the centre could spark speculations especially at the beginning of the exercise.
“I decided to just pass through to see how the centre was operating on Tuesday. My status does not mean that I cannot go out because my test results came out last week and according to my health directors, I can step out after one week. I only had to be careful about my social distancing and not touch anybody and so on,” Mr Ahenkorah said.
He however, denied being in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital with COVID-19 complications, adding that he was only at the isolation centre for overnight observation but was never at the ICU.
Mr Ahenkorah revealed that he was in the same ward with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John.
He indicated that Sir John was in a hearty mood, looking forward to his discharge when he suddenly slumped in his bed and died after they had been served supper.
After the death of Sir John, news broke that Mr Ahenkorah was at the ICU together with Peter Mac Manu in KBTH, which he denied.
As the story of Mr Ahenkorah’s admission travelled, footage was circulated on social media, showing the MP touring some voter registration centres on Tuesday, when the exercise began.
There was also footage of him shaking hands, hugging and dancing with supporters after winning the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Parliamentary Primaries in his constituency.
Many have described his actions as “reckless,” going against the safety protocols instituted by the government to combat the ailment.
He also described as ‘speculative’ any attempts to link the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the country to the recent Parliamentary Primaries.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE