President Nana Akufo-Addo has confirmed that his health minister Kweku Agyemang-Manu has contracted COVID-19.
“Let us also wish our hard-working minister of health, Hon. Kweku Agyemang-Manu, a speedy recovery from the virus which he contracted in the line of duty. And he is in a stable condition,” Mr Akufo-Addo said in his eleventh address to the nation on the COVID-19 situation in Ghana.
The President also noted that the late mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, Mr K. K. Sam, too, died of the virus:
“…Permit me to pay a brief tribute to the memory of an old and valiant colleague in the struggle of the New Patriotic Party and in the work of the Akufo-Addo government, the mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis, the Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. K.K Sam, Egya Sam, to me and many, whose efforts in enforcing social distancing protocols at the Sekondi and Takoradi markets were, recently, highly commended by me, and who sadly passed away on Friday, as a result of a COVID-related death. May his soul rest in perfect peace in the bosom of the Almighty until the Last Day of the Resurrection, when we shall all meet again”.
President Akufo-Addo also said his request to Ghanaians to look at the COVID-19 figures contextually and holistically rather than just focus on the rising number of cases, is not, in any way, to give people a false feel-good sense.
Meanwhile, President Akufo-Addo said fifty-four people have died of the virus so far.
“As of the midnight of 13 June 2020, the total number of positives, cumulatively, stands at 11,964, out of the 254, 331 tests conducted”, the President updated Ghanaians.
“We have a total of 4,258 patients who are fully recovered and been discharged and are now free of the virus, the president said, adding: “So, our scrutiny, in effect, must be on the number of active cases, i.e., people who remain on our books as still positive”.
Hence, President Akufo-Addo noted, “As things stand now, the total number of active cases is 7,652. Our positivity rate, i.e., the ratio of positive cases to the total tests conducted, stands at 4.7 per cent. We currently have 13 persons severely ill, six critically ill and three of COVID-19 persons on ventilators”.
“Mercifully for us”, the President added: “The number of COVID-19 related deaths, sad though each death is, continues to remain very low”.
“One of the lowest in Africa and the world”.
“The 54 deaths currently reported by the Ghana Health Service in Ghana, the ratio of death to positive cases stands at 0.4 per cent compared to the global average of 5.5 per cent and the African average of 2.6 per cent”, he observed.
The President said Ghanaians must learn to discuss the figures contextually rather than focus on only the rising number of cases.
“I am relating all these figures not to engender any false feel-good factor but a statement of facts that must provide the context for us when we are examining our figures. If, indeed, we are to be guided by the data, then we must look at the data in all its ramifications, not just one particular aspect of them”, he noted, insisting: “That is a proper way to do justice to the data”.
“I’m, thus, in no way suggesting that we should let our guard down and throw out of the window the efforts we’ve made in bringing us this far where we have become the reference point for many in the handling of this pandemic”.
Story by Naa Anyema Collison