Apparently, speculations that Covid-19 coronavirus scare sent hysteria through the Jubilee House is true, as the Jubilee House Director of Communications disclosed that over 98 persons, including President Akufo Addo and his aides, were all tested for the coronavirus-albeit secretly.
According to the statement, the tests came out negative for all of them said President Akufo Addo’s personal physician, Dr. Patrina Takyi-Ankrah, told the press today Wednesday, April 1, 2020.
According to the doctor, top government officials and aides at the Jubilee House totalling 99 were tested and they all turned out negative to the deadly Covid-19 disease.
“On the day before the President’s birthday, we tested him and the First Lady and his daughters and all the staff of this household and I am happy to announce that all the tests came back negative,” she said.
She however, did not mention specific names like the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, Foreign Affairs Minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, etc, who have all been speculated to have contracted the disease, particularly from their last trip to Norway where they and the President interacted closely with Andreas Grunnar, the Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana.
Norway is one of the major Covid-19 epicentres in Europe.
Dr. Takyi Ankrah said close family relations of the President have also been tested and in all 99 staff at the Presidency have all been tested and have been confirmed negative.
She said the tests were done based on a policy that all top officials and frontline workers dealing with issues regarding COVID-19 in the country be screened themselves.
“A day after his birthday, we continued to test the people in his secretariat including myself because we tend to deal with him on these bases and as I speak now, a total of 99 people have been tested and the results have come back negative. We are continuing the process and as and when we complete, we are hoping that everybody will test negative,” she added.
Dr. Takyi-Ankrah revealed that the President is has been put under a strict regime of handwashing and social distancing.
“He is observing the social distancing strictly and we are making sure that he is washing his hands very often and he is also using the sanitizers as well,” she indicated.