2 Bongo COVID-19 suspected cases test negative

A test conducted on the two persons in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region suspected to be infected with the Coronavirus (COVID 19) has proved negative.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area, Mr Peter Ayimbisa, confirmed this to the Ghanaian Times here on Sunday.

It would be recalled that last week Thursday, people in the district and the whole region were thrown into panic when some sections of the social media spread the false information that the Bongo District had recorded two cases of COVID-19.

This prompted the Bongo District Security Committee led by its chairman and the District COVID-19 Taskforce to hold a press briefing in Bongo to disabuse the falsehood peddled on Social Media.  

At the said meeting the DCE stated that until the two persons were confirmed positive it would be wrong to assume that the district had recorded a COVID-19 case.

The DCE who is also  the Chairman of the District Security Committee ((DISEC), stated that he got the information on Sunday night that two persons had tested negative after their samples were taken by the COVID-19 Regional Taskforce and sent to Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR) and Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) Kumasi for testing.

Mr Ayimbisa indicated that although the two suspects were tested negative, they would still be quarantined for 14 days as required by the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

He allayed the fears of the people in the area and, appealed to them to continue to adhere to the protocols of the COVID-19 and the President’s directives of observing social distances such as funerals, church and nightclub activities.

Mr Ayimbisa said the COVID-19 District Taskforce would continue to collaborate with all stakeholders including traditional, religious and opinion leaders, the security agencies as well as the COVID-19 Regional Taskforce to deal with the menace.

He also indicated that the DISEC and the District COVID-19 would continue to work tirelessly with the security agencies to monitor the border towns of the Bongo District which is used by foreigners as one of the transits in the region to Ghana.

FROM SAMUEL AKAPULE, BONGO 

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