NHIA in pandemonium as the CEO tests positive for COVID-19
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, has tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to sources within the Authority, Dr Dsane-Selby contracted the virus in the line of duty.
Her COVID-19 status has caused confusion at the office as many staffs were stricken by fear.
The sources which confirmed the news to the media said the NHIA is yet to give further details on the development.
They stated that disinfection exercise was ongoing at the office to ensure the safety of the rest of the workers.
Dr Dsane-Selby’s status makes her become the fourth government official who has contracted the infection after the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Ghana’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Papa Owusu-Ankomah and Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA), Anthony Kobina Kurentsi Sam.
Unfortunately, Mr Sam passed away at the UGMC last Friday, where he had been on admission, after being referred from the Effia Nkwanta Hospital.
He succumbed to the infection from an underlying health condition.
Papa Owusu-Ankomah was the first high-profile government official to have confirmed testing positive for the infection.
He tested positive in London and was admitted at an ICU on April 10 but recovered and resumed work on May 12.
The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah earlier disclosed that Agyeman Manu who was receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) has been discharged and is receiving treatment at home.
As of Tuesday, June 16, the number of positive coronavirus case has risen to 12,193, with 4,326 recoveries and 58 deaths.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE