Akufo-Addo’s presidential advisor dies from COVID-19 complication as infection rate surges

Akufo-Addo’s presidential advisor dies from COVID-19 complication as infection rate surges

- Dr. Amoako Tuffuor, a leading and founding member of the NPP has reportedly succumbed to the COVID-19 contagion

- He died in Kumasi on Thursday, January 21, 2020

- He was the brain behind the pro-poor interventionist policy, the school feeding programme started in 2004

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A founding member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Dr. Amoako Tuffuor, has died.

Dr. Tuffuor who was a presidential advisor in President Nana Akufo-Addo’s first term in office died in the early hours of Thursday, January 21, 2021, in Kumasi.

He died from COVID-19 complications, various media reports indicated.

Akufo-Addo’s presidential advisor dies from COVID-19 complication as infection rate surges
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A Ph.D. holder in Economics from the University of Alberta, Dr. Tuffuor played an instrumental role in the planning and implementation of the school feeding programme started under the previous NPP administration of former President John Agyekum Kufuor in October 2004.

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He served in various capacities as a researcher and policy advisor at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning on taxation.

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Dr. Tuffuor joins the growing list of public figures killed by the marauding contagion including former National Security Coordinator, Joshua Kyeremeh, who died after a short illness at the Ga East Municipal Hospital in the early hours of Monday, 18 January 2021.

Kyeremeh who was President Akufo-Addo’s first appointee in his first term died of kidney complications at the hospital where he was receiving treatment for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, China reportedly deployed a medical team, including frontline doctors to Ghana following the recent rise of COVID-19 cases in the country.

Ghana’s active cases stood at 2, 178 as at the time of filing this report on Thursday, January 21, 2021, with an average of 391 infections daily.

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The medical team from China, the origin of the deadly contagion, includes 11 doctors in “various specialties.”

Moving away from COVID-19 related fatalities, YEN.com.gh reported earlier about the disturbing news of baby harvesting and trafficking in the country.

Eleven persons have been arrested as part of the syndicate including two doctors and nurses as well as two mothers.

One of the doctors reportedly sold over 12 babies, according to Elvis Darko, a journalist with the Finder newspaper in Accra, citing the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

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