Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo has begun a two-week self-isolation period after coming into contact with a COVID-19 patient in his inner circle.
Although president Akufo-Addo initially tested negative for the virus after an unnamed person in his innermost circle tested positive, he took his doctors’ advice to self-isolate for a period of 14 days to clear all doubt as detailed in a statement released by his spokesperson. ‘He elected to take this measure out of the abundance of caution,’ his spokesperson stated.
The self-isolation follows the resignation of Ghana’s deputy trade minister Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah after breaching his self-isolation period. Hon. Carlos who after testing positive for the coronavirus visited the electoral registration office a week later thereby putting the lives of many at risk. He also stated that he had been in contact with a former party scribe and his driver, who both tested positive for the virus later.
Ahenkorah’s move was subject to strong criticism, and the ex-minister found that his only way of making a good exit was to give up his duties and step down.
President Akufo-Addo’s office received the resignation of the Deputy Minister for Trade, and he called on all government officials to set a good example for their people urging them to provide good leadership at all times and abide by the rules and measures taken to curb the coronavirus spread. His self-quarantine therefore set an example and pace for good leadership. The president also noted that by stepping down and resigning from his post, the ex-minister ‘’acted honorably’’
Ghana has been the worst affected country in West Africa recording more than 20,000 positive cases of the novel coronavirus, 14,870 recoveries, 122 deaths and over 5000 active cases as of 6th July 2020.