Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo confirmed the passing away of the Forestry Commission boss Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, after getting COVID-19.
Akufo-Addo expressed shock and sadness on social media about the death of Owusu-Afriyie.
Sir John died on Wednesday at the Intensive Care Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
“We shall never forget you, Sir John,” the president wrote, expressing his condolence to the bereaved family.
Owusu-Afriyie was a also leading member of the ruling party, and he had served as General Secretary from 2010 to 2014.
Meanwhile, local media reported on Thursday that the deputy minister for trade Carlos Ahenkora, and the president’s campaign manager for the 2020 general election Peter Mac Manu were both in intensive care after testing positive for the pandemic.
Reacting to this, Sir John’s close friend who studies study of viruses – submicroscopic, parasitic particles of genetic material contained in a protein coat – and virus-like agents, has this message for Ghanaians
Dear Brethren, Covid-19 is on the rise and taking High Profile deaths and casualties. This includes friends and close relations. The only reason why this is happening is that most of us are trusting our instincts more than Common Sense and Science.
If we should all insists not to talk to anyone not wearing a face mask apart from people in your house we will not only help curb the spread but save lives as well.
We all hear Sir John has succumbed to Covid-19. Well the younger brother is my classmate at Owass and close friend. One of the family members dropped their guard and got the virus and infected Sir John’s Mother, when she was sick definitely the children and family visited and honestly they didn’t know it was Covid-19 so they interacted with her without wearing face mask. Because older people have a lower immunity the mum died first, then a nephew, Sir John’s sister and now Sir John himself. Very very sad indeed. How does one console a friend in this situation? Who knows who will go next in the family.
Corona Virus is not like Chicken Pox that can be seen with your eyes, don’t trust anyone you are not living with even if it’s your mother, brother, office colleague, you don’t know who they have been exposed to. It’s getting serious, the only way to protect yourself and your family is to enforce strict safety protocols. Never send children to buy credit or anything for you.
Vendors and food sellers are more exposed than anyone else bcos 100s of people interact with them and they handle money that has passed through several hands.
You life and that of your close family depends on what you put or do not put on your nose and mouth. You do not have to speak to or allow yourself to be spoken to by anyone not wearing a mask
People erroneously drop their mask to the chin a practice which is extremely serious and dangerous. When you do that you risk picking the virus from your chin and breathing it in. Before you drop your mask to your Chin apply sanitizer to your hands and rub your chin.
Sir John was a very intelligent lawyer and head of the Forestry Commission. You are not better than him! He and his family dropped their guard and 4 members are already dead.
If you keep dropping your guard there’s a probability that you will not last the rest of the month.
Take note!”Your Life is On Your Nose”
Don’t trust your eyes and emotions, some have paid dearly for that error of judgement and you can be next!
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