- The minister of the Western Region has disclosed the identity of the only COVID-19 patient in the region
- Western Region recorded its first Coronavirus case on April 12, 2020
- According to a press release, the patient is a foreign national living in the region
The Western Regional Minister, Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has come out to reveal the identity of the first coronavirus patient in the region.
Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah said that the patient with the confirmed case of Coronavirus in the region is a Chinese national.
In press release issued and signed by the Regional Minister, he stated that "The Western Region on Sunday 12th April, 2020 recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19.
The confirmed case in question involves a Chinese foreign national, who arrived in Ghana on Saturday 21st March, 2020 and was in self-isolation for the mandatory period of 14 days".
"Though he showed no symptoms of the virus, the medical team took his sample for testing on 8th April, 2020 to confirm his status; which unfortunately tested positive on the 12th of April, 2020", excerpts of the presser added.
According to him, the said Chinese national is one of six Chinese nationals and 32 Ghanaians working at Coastal Quarry suited at Anto in the Shama District.
"A combined team of medical and security personnel is currently at work at the site", Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah said.
He fumed over the fact that that in times like these, there will be lots of misinformation and false news carried through social media which unfortunately filter into the mainstream media.
Mr. Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah added that due to this, it was imperative that the facts concerning any confirmed or suspected case be checked from the Health Authorities before putting it in the public domain.
The Regional Minister who is also the Chairman of the Western Regional Security Council appealed to the residents in the area to remain calm.
The legislator went on to promise to expedite action to trace the contacts of the victim.
"I am therefore appealing to the public to remain calm, and all those who might have come into contact with personnel of this company, to cooperate with the medical team for expedited contact tracing in order to curb the spread of the virus".
On Sunday, April 12, 2020, the Western Region recorded its first confirmed case of Coronavirus.
In other news, the District Chief Executive of Atwima Kwanwoma, Nana Okyere-Tawia Antwi, has unleashed some strong lashes on some of his constituents for flouting social distancing rules which have come about as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
In a video captured by Adom FM and currently going round on social media, Nana Okyere-Tawia Antwi was seen whipping some residents in the district who were clamouring for what appeared like relief items.
The DCE, who was clearly peeved over the incident was seen using the cane to drive away some constituents because they were going against the World Health Organization's guidelines of ensuring social distancing.
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