COVID-19 has claimed so many lives in Ghana and the world at large as cases spike on a daily basis. The world has recorded over 12 million cases, with over 500,000 deaths. Ghana is indeed no exception with regards to this sad development. Ghana’s death toll as at today July 9, 2020, stood at 129.
The number of death encompasses some the young, aged, well-known personalities, and even persons in the political circles. One observation that I have made is that aside from the health sector that lost nine persons to the virus, the New Patriotic Party members account for at least five coronavirus deaths.
The rest of the article discusses the members of the New Patriotic Party who have died of the deadly virus.
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie (Sir John)
Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie was popularly known as Sir John in Ghanaian politics. He was the former General Secretary of the New Patriotic Party. He died on July 2, 2020, at the age of 63. The cause of Sir John’s death was revealed to be the Covid-19. He succumbed to complications of the disease while undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Before his death, he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Forestry Commission.
Sir John might have contracted the virus at home as news later broke out that he lost his sister and mother to the virus a week before his demise.
Anthony K.K. Sam
The Chief Executive of the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam, died after a short illness in line with Covid-19 on June 12, 2020. He died in a hospital in Accra where he was receiving medical treatment after he contracted the disease. The STMA boss was one of the key persons fighting against the spread of the disease in the Western Region but unfortunately fell short in his line of duty.
Before his death, the President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier on applauded him for ensuring COVID-19 protocols in markets in the Western Region.
William Kwabena Boateng
William Kwabena Boateng was a presiding member of Oforikrom Municipal Assembly. He was one of the delegates who voted in the just-ended New Patriotic Party primaries. He doubles as the Assemblyman for Ayigya-Ahenbronum in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. Mr. Boateng collapsed and was rushed to a private hospital on June 24, 2020 where he was later declared dead, and the cause of his death was determined to be COVID-19.
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William was the brother of Dr Harry Owusu Boateng, the Medical Superintendant of the Kwadaso Seventh Day Adventist Hospital in Kumasi who also died of the novel coronavirus.
The 2nd vice chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Ashanti Region, Sam Cudjoe also died of Covid-19 on June 26, 2020 after he was rushed to a nearby hospital. Sam Cudjoe was said to have been ill for a period of time before he was pronounced dead. He participated in the primaries of the party before he met his untimely death.
Kwabena Maanu is the first NPP member who died of coronavirus. He died on Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Denmark and was among three Ghanaians who succumbed to the virus in Europe. He was one of the elders of the New Patriotic Party Denmark chapter and suffered brain hemorrhage since December 2019. He was in and out of coma at an Intensive Care Unit of a Hospital in Denmark.
Mr. Maanu was later discharged from the hospital but later contracted the coronavirus after he got in contact with an infected person in the recovery ward of the hospital.
Other Death of NPP member
George Mensah Okley
George Mensah Okley was an NPP member. died on June 22, 2020. He was an energy expert and former Managing Director of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation (BOST) company. The cause of his death is still not known to the public.
Other NPP members who have tested Positive to coronavirus
High-profile members of the NPP have tested positive to the COVID-19. While Health Minister Agyemang Badu and Education Minister Mathew Opoku Prempeh have recovered, Carlos Ahenkorah, Mac Manu and Osafo Marfo are still receiving treatment. President Akufo Addo is also on self-isolation after a person his circles tested positive for the virus.
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