Prez on 14 day self-isolation after being exposed to COVID-19 positive person
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is on a 14-day self-isolation after getting exposed to a person tested positive for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
According to a statement issued in Accra on Saturday, and signed by the Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah the President was on the mandatory quarantine as advised by doctor.
“On the advice of doctors, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is from today, July 4, 2020, taking a 14 day precautionary self-isolation measure in compliance with COVID-19 protocols,” he said.
Mr Nkrumah explained that the President self-isolated after at least one person within his close circle tested positive for the deadly respiratory ailment today.
He noted that although President Akufo-Addo has tested negative for the virus, still decided to self-isolate “out of the abundance of caution.”
“The President will during this precautionary self-isolation period, be working from the Presidential
Villa at the Jubilee House, Accra,” Mr Nkrumah added.
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 tested positive for COVID-19.
These government officials have tested positive for the virus and are currently receiving treatment.
Ghana’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu tested positive for the disease about three weeks ago and received treatment at University of Ghana Medical Centre (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.
Govt Appointees who died from COVID-19
Former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John died on Thursday after contracting COVID-19.
Report indicated that he succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH).
Until his death, Sir John was the chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Forestry Commission.
He became CEO for the Commission in March 2017 after being appointed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Sir John was the second top government appointee who has died from COVID-19 after the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Anthony KK Sam died from the ailment.
The MCE died on Friday, June 12, 2020, while receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre where he was rushed to after falling sick.