Agyeman Manu is COVID-19 positive – Akufo-Addo confirms, as he eulogises MCE killed by same virus
President Nana Akufo-Addo has expressed well-wishes to Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, who has been infected by the dreaded coronavirus.
Mr Manu is currently receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after being admitted on Tuesday.
The Dormaa Central MP has been at the forefront of the fight against the virus and was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Delivering a speech in his 11th coronavirus update to the nation, Mr Akufo-Addo said: “Let us also wish our hardworking Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty, and is a stable condition”.
The minister’s case would be the highest-profile coronavirus infection in the country after some Members of Parliament (MPs) also tested positive some few weeks ago.
At the same time, President Akufo-Addo has paid tribute to the Chief Executive of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Kobina Sam, who died on Friday due to the coronavirus.
He died in a hospital in Accra where he was receiving medical treatment. It was later confirmed to be COVID-19 related. It comes at a time when his driver was reported to have contracted the disease a few weeks earlier.
His driver was placed in isolation after he tested positive. However, Mr Sam continued to report for work.
“Permit me to pay a brief tribute to the memory of an old and valiant colleague in the struggle of the New Patriotic Party and in the work of the Akufo-Addo government, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, the Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. K.K Sam, Egya Sam to me and many, whose efforts in enforcing social distancing protocols at the Sekondi and Takoradi markets were, recently, highly commended by me, and who sadly passed away on Friday, as a result of a COVID-related death.
“May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection, when we shall all meet again,” Mr Akufo-Addo noted.