At the time of writing this article, Ghana had recorded over 100 coronavirus related deaths. Out of these deaths include at least eight notable Ghanaians.
The remainder of the article discusses the renowned Ghanaians who have lost their lives due to COVID-19.
ANTHONY K.K SAM
Mr K.K Sam was the mayor of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly in the Western Region. He contracted the disease in his line of duty. According to close sources to the mayor, the 62-year-old had an underlining condition as he was diagnosed with pneumonia before he died.
Egya Sam led arrangement towards the closure of four major markets in Takoradi as part of measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the metropolis. He earlier supervised mass testing of all Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly staff for COVID-19.
He assumed office as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis on March 24, 2017, at age 59.
NANA OSEI BOANSI KUFFUOR
Nana Osei Boansi Kuffuor was the dad of Bice Osei Kuffuor popularly called Obour in the music circles. Nana Osei Boansi Kuffuor returned from the United Kingdom on March 19, 2020 after his yearly visit to the family. Upon his return, he was fine but began coughing. He was later diagnosed with the novel coronavirus after his demise at the Ridge Hospital in Accra.
DR HARRY OWUSU BOATENG
Dr Harry Owusu Boateng is a Medical Superintendent of the Kwadaso SDA Hospital in Kumasi in the Ashanti region is another notable person who has died of COVID-19. The 48-year-old died at home on Saturday a few days after he complained of being unwell. He lost his brother too to the virus few days after his demise.
MARY AGYEIWAA AGYAPONG
Mary Agyeiwaa Agyapong was a Ghanaian working as a nurse in the UK. She passed on in April 2020 a week after she was admitted to the hospital for coronavirus.
Mary, popularly known as MaryMo, passed on but her baby was saved through a cesarian section.
Over $100,000 was raised online to support the immediate family of the woman.
On Friday, March 27, 2020, friends, families and loved ones were hit with news of the demise of their beloved Samuel Bediako Waterberg. It was confirmed that the 41-year-old Ghana-Dutch citizen died of the Covid-19 pandemic. Mr Waterberg was the Chief Executive Officer of People’s Pension Trust, an innovative pension fund, focused on providing pension products for farmers, traders, small-scale enterprises, and people working within the informal economy.
He was also the president of Maxim Nyansa Foundation. Mr. Waterberg died at the Ga East Municipal Hospital in Accra. In other related development to the death of Waterberg, Ghana declined to grant a request by the Netherlands for the transfer of the mortal remains of the Dutch Ghanaian. This was in response to the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands who had written to the Ministry of Health earlier requesting that the body of Mr Waterberg be transferred to a private mortuary for burial
After experiencing severe complications from contracting the deadly coronavirus, the government and the Ghana Health Services did everything possible best to save the life of the renowned physician, Professor Jacobs Plange-Rhule. According to the presidential advisor on health, Dr Anthony Nsiah, the presidential jet was flown to Kenya to purchase a drug called Actemra. The drug was to be used in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis that the physician suffered. Unfortunately, the good professor lost his life despite all efforts to save him.
Former General Secretary of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, popularly known as Sir John, died of coronavirus on July 1, 2020. He lost his sister and mother to the virus a week before his demise.
He succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the ICU of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
Mr Owusu Afriyie became CEO of the Forestry Commission in March 2018 after being appointed to that position by President Akufo-Addo.
Dr. Richard Kisser
Renowned surgeon at the Trust Hospital in Accra, Dr. Richard Kisser died of coronavirus on Thursday, July 2, 2020.