Coronavirus scare: Health Minister Agyemang-Manu refuses to shake hands of Haruna Iddrisu

Coronavirus scare: Health Minister Agyemang-Manu refuses to shake hands of Haruna Iddrisu

- Health Minister Agyemang-Manu explains why he refused to shake hands with the Tamale South MP, Haruna Iddrisu

- He also noted that Ghana was doing everything possible to prevent any positive case of the virus

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“I refused to shake hands with my very good friend Haruna [Iddrisu], the minority leader, this morning in the chamber,” Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said while addressing the House on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

According to the minister, his decision to snub his colleague was a measure to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

The minister further stated that the Ghanaian culture of handshake must now be avoided as much as possible.

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He also told the House that there was the need for Ghanaians to inculcate a habit of frequently washing their hands and also rubbing of alcohol spirits as part of measures to prevent one from contracting the disease which has been declared a health emergency by the World Health Organisation.

Mr Agyemang-Manu advised the public to keep a distance of at least 1 metre from a person showing signs of fever, coughing and or having difficulty in breathing.

He also announced that the Ghana is working to secure a remote facility that will be used to quarantine new cases of the coronavirus (Covid-19).

Another remotely located 100-bed capacity facility is being secured for the purpose of quarantine for eligible persons,” he said, and assured the facility will be ready for use in two weeks from now.

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“As yet, we’ve not found any Ghanaian that has contracted this disease either in country or even outside country,” Mr Agyeman-Manu said.

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The minister finally noted that government and its development partners were working hard to prevent Ghana from recording a coronavirus case. earlier reported that a young man by name Godwin Nayaw Bamiah Yombu has defrauded a number of unsuspecting Ghanaians to the sum of GHC100,000.

The suspect is alleged to be a former aspiring youth organizer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the North East Region. He promised to secure the victims auction vehicles.

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