Friday, 14 August

I’ve tested positive for COVID-19 – NHIA CEO

Health News
Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby

The CEO of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Dr Lydia Dsane-Selby, has revealed that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr Dsane-Selby is currently in self-isolation.

“I live with my mother and luckily she tested negative together with the house staff, so, it’s just me in the house who is positive. So, I immediately self-quarantined and contacted doctors at Korle-Bu and others who have put me on a treatment regime”, she said on Tuesday, 16 June 2020.

“I have contacted all those I came into contact with over the last few days and they’ve been for testing, and as far as I’m aware, they’re negative,” she said.

She added: “We all need to just be very aware about face masks, handwashing, sanitisers and social distancing”.

“There is no meeting that is so important that we all have to bunch up in a room and meet. A lot of the stuff can be done via phone, via email, and we all just need to take those precautions”.

“Obviously, for me, living with my mother was my real concern. She is negative, so, I need to just stay away from her until I’m negative, too”, Dr Dsane-Selby told Accra-based Asaase Radion.

Over the weekend, President Nana Akufo-Addo confirmed that his health minister Kweku Agyemang-Manu has also 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”.

A few weeks ago, Ghana's High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland, Papa Owusu Ankomah, also tested positive for the virus but has recovered.

Meanwhile, four more COVID-19 patients have died, taking the death toll to 58, the Ghana Health Service has announced.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Ghana just rose to 12,193 following the confirmation of 229 new cases.

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye, said on Tuesday, 16 April 2020 that the new cases were confirmed in nine regions.

Additionally, the number of recoveries has inched up to 4,326.