Education Minister Dr Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, has been detained at the University of Ghana Medical Centre (UGMC) Legon, ahead of his results for a second COVID-19 test.
A statement issued by, his Press Secretary, Rodney, Nkrumah-Boateng, said the Minister’s first test for the respiratory virus, however, tested negative.
The statement explained that the medical doctor, “On Tuesday, June 20, underwent various tests, including COVID-19, after feeling unwell for a couple of days.
He tested negative for the virus and this informed his decision to travel to his constituency (Manhyia South) for his acclamation on Saturday, 20th June 2020.
“Following his return to Accra, he still felt unwell and decided to check himself in for further tests, including a second test for COVID-19. Although the results are not out, he has been detained at the UGMC as a precautionary measure for further observation due to his condition.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh’s colleague minister, Dan Kweku Botwe who is in charge of Regional Reorganization is also reported to be on admission at the same facility UGMC after being suspected of coronavirus.
Several of top officials in Ghana’s health sector have in the past few weeks contracted covid-19.
They include Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman Manu, and the Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Insurance Authority, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby.
Meanwhile the Chief Executive Officer for the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Daniel Asare’s is reported to have contracted the novel virus.
Three staff of Dr Asare’s office, according Citi fm, have also gone into isolation.
Ghana’s last coronavirus case count stands at 14,568 with 10,907 recoveries and 95 deaths.