Government has denied that the Guinean COVID-19 patient who went missing in Tamale, Northern Region, has been found.
The lady, who was among 10 persons to be arrested in the region, escaped from an isolation center where they were being kept after they all tested positive for the Coronavirus.
According to reports, the ten entered the country through illegal routes after the President ordered the country’s borders to be shut.
Several reports quoted a deputy Health Minister, Alexander Abban as suggesting that the lady had been arrested in Accra.
“I’m just wondering how this person got to Accra because she was actually spotted and arrested. That is the shocking bit. How did she cross Kumasi? The person has been arrested. Yesterday when I was in Korle-Bu I chanced on that information,” the Deputy Health Minister is quoted by Accra-based Citi FM to have said.
However, clarifying that earlier communication, Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, dismissed the suggestion that the lady had been found.
He details that per his checks with the relevant authorities and security agencies no such person has been arrested and a search is still ongoing in earnest.
The Information Minister was quick to note, however, that government is reluctant in releasing the image of the lady to the public for fear of victimisation and mob action.
This caution is grounded in the fact that some Ghanaians have expressed diverse views and opinions which aren’t healthy and doesn’t give an impression of a conducive environment to take such an action.
Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said, “There have been some reports that this escaped Guinean girl has been found and arrested. One of the reports mentions one of the towns in the North, another report also suggests that this Guinean girl was found and arrested in Accra. I have been checking with the police and security agencies, we do not have any confirmation of that.”
“What we do know is that earlier, somebody was arrested in the northern part of this country on suspicion that it was her used in the photographs, etc, it turned out it wasn’t her. The report in Accra also follows a similar pattern but as I speak to you now I do not have any confirmation from the joint police command or the police that this woman has been arrested and they are still on the lookout for her,” he stressed.
The 10 cases confirmed in the Northern Region are included in the country’s total of 214 confirmed COVID-19 cases across 5 regions.
So far, about 800 people who were kept in mandatory quarantine have been discharged and reunited with their parents.
5 persons from the confirmed cases have died whiles the rest are at various stages of recovery and treatment.