Information minister dares doubters to go and hug coronavirus patients


The Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has dared people who doubt the announcement by the government that Ghana has recorded it’s first two cases of coronavirus Thursday. He has thus told such doubters to go and hug the coronavirus patients and see if they will survive it.

Honourable Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said this while responding to the doubting Thomases on an Accra based radio, Onua FM.

On Wednesday [March 10, 2020], president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo announced the setting aside of a hundred million dollars ($100m) to help in the fight against the deadly viral disease that was discovered in China in December last year.

A day after the announcement, the Minister in charge of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, in a joint press briefing with the Ministry of Information, also came out to announce that Ghana had recorded it’s first two cases of the disease.

This latest announcement appeared to have baffled many Ghanaian social media users who took to various social media platforms to mock the government and claim that the government was only trying to find an excuse to misappropriate the $100m set aside for the battle against coronavirus.

But, responding to such allegations, the Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has dared  anyone who does not believe that the coronavirus disease has entered the county to go and hug the two quarantined sufferers and see if they will survive it. He said Ghanaians must not take such a serious issue as a joke.

“If you don’t believe we have two people with the disease, come, we shall take you to where they have been quarantined for you to hug them and see if you will survive,” Hon Kojo Oppong Nkrumah told an Accra-based radio station, Onua FM.

“We should not joke with this in Ghana. If you don’t believe, come and we shall take you to the quarantined people. If we politicize this, it will not save anyone.”

Meanwhile, the two victims are said to be a Ghanaian man and a Norwegian man. Reports say they came into the county through the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

The two have since been quarantined while efforts are underway to trace those they have come into contact with.

By a writer


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