- Education minister gives an account of how he survived the COVID-19 at the UGMC
- Matthew Opoku Prempeh says a majority of his staff have also tested positive
- The minister urged Ghanaians not to play with the disease, saying it is real
Ghana’s education minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has revealed that majority of his staff at the ministry have tested positive for the deadly COVID-19.
In an interview on Peace FM on Thursday, July 9, the member of parliament for Manhyia said mass testing was conducted at the education ministry and results showed that 45 out of 50 people tested positive.
“At my workplace, everyone has been tested. A lot of them tested positive for the virus. Assuming I have a total staff of 50, about 45 of them have the virus. None of them has been hospitalized but they are currently in self-isolation,” he said.
The NPP MP also stated that he almost died from COVID-19. “It was only God that helped me while I was on admission.
“For all the 52 years of my life, I’ve never been admitted to the hospital before and it was not a pleasant experience. The disease is very real and I don’t wish it on even my foe,” he added.
Prempeh also noted that the UGMC is full, with a limited number of beds to accommodate the increasing number of COVID-19 cases being moved to the facility.
In view of this, he cautioned citizens against being indifferent about the virus, describing Ghana’s COVID-19 situation as one that has reached a critical point.
“We are at a critical point now. UGMC and Korle Bu are currently full. How many beds are available there? I never visited the ICU but others went to the ICU and never returned. We should, therefore, not be indifferent about the situation because it has not affected any of our relatives,” he told Kwami Sefa Kayi on Peace FM’s ‘Kokrooko’ show.
The minister, also known as NAPO, on June 24, reported to the facility upon feeling unwell and was taken in.
Narrating his experience with the coronavirus, he revealed that he tested positive while on admission at the facility where he self-isolated for two weeks.
The minister is now hale and hearty.
In other news, Nigerian universities’ scientists under the aegis of COVID-19 Research Group say they have discovered COVID-19 vaccine.
The scientists made the disclosure on Friday, June 19, saying the vaccine was being developed locally in Africa for Africans but would also work for other continents when unveiled.
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