Popular police officer in Koforidua dies of coronavirus

Popular police officer in Koforidua dies of coronavirus

- A popular policeman in Koforidua, Eastern region's capital, has died

- Reports have it that the hardworking officer died of COVID-19

- His subordinates and family members have mourned his passing

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A very popular policeman in Koforidua has reportedly died of coronavirus after being ill for a short while and visiting two hospitals.

The late officer, a 55-year-old Chief Inspector of Police, was the Station Officer at Central Police Station in Koforidua.

He reportedly took his last breath on Friday, May 29, 2020.

Popular police officer in Koforidua dies of coronavirus

Policemen going on rounds. Source: UGC
Source: UGC

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According to a reported sighted by YEN.com.gh on peacefmonline.com, he was on admission at the Eastern Regional Hospital in Koforidua for a few days having visited the Police Clinic in Koforidua and Newland Hospital- a private Hospital before his death.

The report went on to indicate that the cause of death was not immediately known until the late security personnel's sample results released after his death reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.

A medical team from the Ghana Health Service (GHS), led by Dr Abu Armel and one Sally Tetteh, visited the Central Police Station on Saturday evening to inform and sensitize officers at the station that the cause of death was “probably COVID-19”.

Due to this, the team of health experts is expected to return to the region on Sunday, May 31, 2020, to take samples of occupants at the police station and the police barracks and close associates who came into contact with the late officer.

The team from GHS also visited the widow and children to inform them about the situation and the necessary protocols to be taken and observed.

Samples of health workers at the Police Clinic and Newland Hospital have also been taken by the Medical team for testing.

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The sudden death of the Chief Inspector has shocked many in the Eastern Regional Capital. On Friday evening, police officers at the station mourned the late Chief Inspector.

The late officer has been touted by many Koforidua residents as a very affable, just and hardworking man who discharged his duties to the admiration of all.

He was honoured by the Police Administration a few years ago together with Police Commander Richardson Kumeko for refusing a bribe from an arrested suspect in Koforidua who attempted smuggling marijuana through Koforidua to the Central region of Ghana.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Ghana has recorded another COVID-19 related death in less than 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 36, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has said.

The total confirmed cases are 7,881 with 2,841 recoveries, according to the Ghana Health Service. Active cases now stand at 5,004.

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The total number of severe cases currently stands at 15 with five others in critical condition. Two are on ventilators, according to the Sunday, May 31, 2020 update.

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