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COVID-19: Health Minister tests negative after treatment; set to resume work soon


Ghana’s Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu is expected to actively resume work following a negative test result for COVID-19.

The minister has been receiving medical treatment over the last two weeks at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) after he tested positive for the virus.

Prior to the confirmation of his positive status, there had been rumours.

However, President Akufo-Addo confirmed that Mr Agyeman Manu had contracted the virus in the line of duty during his 11th address to the nation on June 14 when he said, “let us wish our hardworking Minister for Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, MP for Dormaa Central, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty, and is in a stable condition.”

However, on June 25, 2020, Information Minister and Member of Parliament for Ofoase Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah noted during a press briefing that “the health minister has since tested negative for the virus and is expected to return to work soon.”

The Health Minister is among a list of the country’s top health officials and other government officials to have contracted the virus, including the Medical Director for the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Daniel Asare, the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, Education Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh among others.

Ghana’s case count currently stands at 15, 472 with 6 persons in critical condition. 11, 433 persons have so fare recovered and the death toll remains 95.


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