JoyNews sources reveal that Ghana will be announcing its third suspected case of COVID-19.
The suspected sufferer, who works with a mining company, is said to have returned to the Kotoka International Airport after a trip abroad this week and flew to Obuasi by helicopter.
According to the sources, upon arrival at the airport, he looked sick and would not allow anyone to even touch his bag.
He, however, reported himself to a health facility in Kumasi where a series of tests were conducted. He is said to have tested positive.
The sufferer is reportedly under quarantine receiving treatment and undergoing medical observation.
Head of JoyNews‘ Health Desk, Fred Smith says government is expected to make an official announcement on the development.
In a late evening televised Thursday, the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, confirmed that coronavirus cases have been recorded in the country.
Flanked by the Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, and the Director of Public Health at the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Badu Sarkodie, the Health Minister said the two cases were confirmed on Thursday at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research.
According to him, the two persons infected by the pandemic had just returned from Norway and Turkey and that they were imported cases.
“Both patients are currently being kept in isolation and are stable. We have initiated processes for contact tracing,” the Minister said.
On Wednesday, there was a similar late evening address by President Nana Akufo-Addo, in which he stated that with the fast-spreading infection recorded at all three of Ghana’s immediate neighbours – Togo, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast – “by the law of averages”, Ghana would soon record its first case.
He then announced the allocation of $100 million to fight the virus in the event of an outbreak in Ghana.