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06.04.2020 Rejoinder

Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly Denies Reports COVID-19 Patient Travelled To Tarkwa

By Kojo Blay
Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly Denies Reports COVID-19 Patient Travelled To Tarkwa
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Members of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19) Team of the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Assembly have monitored with complete dismay and regret the very unfortunate and misleading information and comments circulating on Social Media about a COVID-19 patient from Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region who is reported to have travelled from Tarkwa in Western Region.

The 33-year-old pregnant lady who is currently confirmed positive with COVID-19 infection is said to have travelled from Tarkwa in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

The information is inaccurate and misleading because investigation conducted as part of contacts tracing by our Rapid Response Team has revealed that the patient does not have any relative in Tarkwa, and has no such travel record from this Municipality to the Upper East Region.

The patient rather mentioned Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region where she has travelled to, but the Clinician mistaken Nkawkaw for Tarkwa.

Therefore, the patient travelled from Nkawkaw in the Eastern Region, NOT Tarkwa, to Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region.

Members of the COVID-19 Team hereby debunk this misleading information and comments circulating on the Social Media and mistakenly alleged to by the Hon. Upper East Regional Minister in a radio interview with Star FM in Bolgatanga.

The Team wishes to state clearly that out of the total of 14 suspected COVID-19 cases in the Municipality, 9 of the test results turned out negative while the remaining 5 suspected cases results are still pending.

Hence, we put on record that the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality has not recorded any COVID-19 case.

Even though the Team admits the need for contact tracing as a measure for proper management of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are also of the view that accurate and effective communication from all stakeholders is very relevant to keep the citizenry calm as we work together as a nation to fight this common enemy, COVID-19.

We use this opportunity to applaud the Municipal Chief Executive, Hon. Gilbert Kennedy Asmah for being proactive and supportive to the team.

We would also like to further appreciate the efforts of the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipal Health Directorate as well as the front line workers, the Chiefs, and elders, and all other key stakeholders in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality for their enormous contribution and commitment in helping the Municipality contain the current Covid-19 pandemic circumstance.

We entreat all residents in the Tarkwa-Nsuaem Municipality and the Western Region at large, not to entertain any fear or panic, but remain calm and adhere to the basic precautionary measures as well as those protocols proposed by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana to curtail the COVID-19 pandemic disease in the borders of our beloved nation.

God Bless Our Home Land Ghana.

And Make Us Great and Strong.

For any further clarification, please contact the following numbers; *0246094178/0208316444*

Thank You

KAAYENG FREDERICK

(Mun. Information Officer)

MEMBER, COVID-19 TEAM

TNMA

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