The Ghanian Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, who usually brief countrymen and women on how to prevent the COVID-19, has contracted the viral infection, raising apprehension among the people.
He is currently on treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Center after testing positive for coronavirus, citinews reports.
Kwaku Agyemang Manu’s status comes as a surprise due to his regular caution to Ghanaians in his bi-weekly press briefings on COVID-19 by the Information Ministry.
Sources at the hospital who, according to citinews, confirmed the information said the Dormaa Central MP was admitted to the hospital on Tuesday and is “in a stable condition”.
Checks at the Health Ministry have corroborated the story as information there suggests Mr. Agyeman Manu has taken “a few days off from work” and has not reported to work all week.
The Health Minister’s case goes on record as the first high profile government official in the country to have tested positive for COVID-19.
This news comes at a time the leader of government business in Parliament, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has lamented that MPs, Parliamentary Service staff, and journalists have refused to stay away from parliament despite testing positive.
Meanwhile, the Mayor of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in the Western Region, Anthony K.K. Sam, has passed away due to an illness close associates have disclosed as COVID-19.
Currently, Ghana has recorded over 11,000 coronavirus cases with 48 deaths as of Saturday, June 13.