The globe was hit by the deadly Coronavirus virus pandemic some months ago. All economies, including the most robust, are on their knees now.
The virus has taken a senior at every angle and facet of human life. All activities have come to a halt, and ‘hunger virus’ is rapidly killing people than the Coronavirus.
One thing we can’t take away from the Coronavirus is its fairness. It is very just and equitable. It doesn’t discriminate, COVID-19 does not know who is poor or who is rich.
Prominent people like Prince Charles and Boris Johnson were not spared. Luckily for them, they recovered after being treated in the Intensive Care Unit under the watch of some of the world’s finest physicians.
Our very own High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, His Excellency Paapa Owusu Ankomah was not spared either. He got hit by the virus and recovered weeks later. And the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Anthony Kobina Kurentsir Sam sadly lost his life to COVID -19. Burundi’s president His Excellency, Pierre Nkurunziza, unfortunately, lost his life too last week. The whole Burundi is in a ‘Corona take over’ – The first lady is under intensive care unit, the president-elect, the speaker of parliament and all the other high ranking government officials are battling their lives now.
These are but just a handful of prominent people who have had to suffer the wickedness of the virus.
The Minister for Health in Ghana, Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu who is leading the fight against the novel coronavirus in Ghana was widely reported by media outlets to have contracted the virus. Even before that news, there was a brouhaha about whether or not some members of parliament have contracted the virus. The was a verbal dispute between the Majority leader and the Minority Chief whip, Hon. Muntaka Mubarak after he disproved a statement from parliament denying the allegations that some members pf parliament had tested positive.
The Minister’s positive status was met with mixed feelings from Ghanaians. While some were praying for him and sympathizing with him, others felt he didn’t deserve their sympathy. Some members of the opposition National Democratic Congress trolled and mocked him for receiving treatment at the University of Ghana Medical Center which was built by former president John Dramani Mahama.
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While they were at it, a veteran media person, Afia Pokuaa of Despite Media brought a contrary news report. ‘’Spoke to the minister of health. He says he’s fine and doesn’t have COVID but only needed rest and his usual medication’’ she wrote.
Not even that statement could save the minister from being trolled by his political opponents; they asked him either the University of Ghana Medical Center he once suggested only existed in the green book was now his rest home. Some even sarcastically asked him which page of the green book he was resting on.
But during the President of the Republic of Ghana, H.E. Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo’s 11th address to the nation, he confirmed that indeed the minister has tested positive for the deadly coronavirus.
Let us wish our hardworking minister for health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, a speedy recovery from the virus, which he contracted in the line of duty,” Akufo-Addo said in a broadcast, giving an update on the pandemic situation in the country.
That is apparently a sharp contradiction of what Afia Pokuaa reported earlier. After the president confirmed the news, she went back to her Facebook page insisting the minister told her he had no coronavirus.
“Ahhhhhh! But Hon Agyeman Manu said he is at home resting and not sick. Well, The Prez has spoken the true facts.I will add him to my prayer topic.” she insisted.
By proximity wise, we cannot have any reasons to doubt what the President said. He appointed the minister, and if by anyway unable to perform his duty, he would inform the president.
But what we now don’t know is which Kwaku Agyeman Manu did Afia Pokua speak to? If it was the Health Minister, did he really tell her he wasn’t having COVID-19? If the first two questions are no, then what did Afia Pokua seek to benefit From putting out a palpable falsehood about someone’s health status? If it was the minister who also told her that , does it mean the president lied? Or perhaps the Minister is playing a mind game with all of us?
Make no mistake, Afia Pokua is not mean a journalist who would trade with her integrity and reputation nor try to seek popularity through such a low way.
But as it stands now, someone lied.
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