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Two Old Fadama residents on the run after testing positive for coronavirus

Two persons, a man and a woman who tested positive for coronavirus at Old Fadama, a slum community in Accra are on the run.

They have been on the run three days since their coronavirus status was confirmed, theghanareport.com monitored a JoyNews interview.

Details about their identities remain sketchy but the woman is a head potter, also known as ‘Kayayoo’.

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According to residents, the head potter is a mother of three who lives in a single room with 15 others.

Old Fadama is an urban slum area hosting most of Accra’s marginalised economic classes, including head potters(kayayei), mechanics and traders.

Blood samples of some residents in this area was taken on Sunday April  5, 2020. Some 24 hours later, the results showed, the two were positive.

Attempts by contact tracers to get the two to agree to go under isolation failed.

Some health officials had to fall on the police to succumb to the need for self-isolation.

On Thursday, contact tracers were met with resistance from some residents at Old Fadama when they tried tracing persons who may have had contact with the two infected individuals.

“Today, the team went back to find her but there were no traces of her. There was chaos when we got there. Everybody was coming around to prevent the health authorities from taking blood samples of persons who had been traced,” the JoyNews reporter said.

According to him, the rumour within the community was that the contact tracers were only there to draw their blood to be used for rituals.

Opinion leaders in the area have agreed to assist contact tracers and the police to identify the infected persons to submit to treatment on Sunday.

10 Comments
  1. Rebecca zenwel says

    Asem aba Ghana,

  2. Anonymous says

    It boils down to communication. Let the education go low to their level of understanding. Use local languages and get hold of their trusted leaders.

  3. Nana says

    Newsmen and media houses are not helping. It’s as if they will also behave in the same manner when faced with similar situation.
    Educate your listeners the write laws even if you don’t support it. Now directives and by-laws and not optional. It’s mandatory for every citizen so explain them to your listeners and let them understand.
    Sometimes when there’s important message for listeners done hosts are only interested in meeting his it her time. The question is who’s interest are you projecting. Your closing time or information to save lives?

  4. Nito says

    How did they run away? What happens after someone has tested positive? Funny enough, our security officials won’t try hard to find them.

    As of now, the Guinean who’s on the ran has not yet been found. How well does she know Ghana?

    We must be joking.

    1. Anonymous says

      They found her

    2. Anonymous says

      She was been found in Accra

  5. Anonymous says

    If this is true then we are not safe cos the contact tracers are doing cos 90 work. Why will you inform a patient of this kind of test results in their own house and you expect them to go with you to the quarantine base. No no no . This was a bad execution of health plan. No psychological involvement.

  6. Anonymous says

    Let the information vans go out into the communitcommunities and districts and educate the populace in our lical languages.
    Get the Assembly members and opinions leaders in this crusade to aid the information vans.
    If we sit in the comfort of our homes and direct affairs and distributing meals with the cameras in tow for social media applause, then I am sorry….we are in for it.
    COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION in all forms and arts.

    1. Anonymous says

      I agree with you,what are the information officers doing.

  7. Anonymous says

    Let the information vans go out into the communities and districts and educate the populace in our local languages.
    Get the Assembly members and opinions leaders in this crusade to aid and assist the information vans. That’s why we elected them.
    If we sit in the comfort of our homes and direct affairs, and distributing meals with the cameras in tow for social media applause, then I am sorry….we are in for it.
    COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION! COMMUNICATION in all forms and arts.

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