District Chief Executive for Kassena-Nankana West in the Upper East Region,Gerald Atoagye has debunked rumor that his area has recorded a case of COVID-19.
His rebuttal follows widespread news report that a patient was admitted on suspicion of contracting Coronavirus at a hospital in Paga.
Paga shares orders with Burkina Faso in the region so the news came as a scare to many because of the increasing number of cases in that country.
But speaking on Daybreak Upper East, the DcE stated that though there was a patient detained of an unknown disease,the information published was borne out of suspicion since the results have not been proven to be positive.
He therefore called on the public to disregard such information and wait patiently for the final results from health professionals.
“This is a pandemic so any least report ,the Team must move in prepared whether it is Corona or not they must move in to assess the situation.what the Team did was that when they heard of something like that ,they moved in well prepared and because the people were in their protective gears that is Corona ,it mustn’t necessarily be so. But they Team when they assessed,it wasn’t the case” he noted.
Though the results have not been released,the DCE has expressed optimism that the case will result negative.
“They’ve taken the sample for the test to be conducted but from what I heard,it isn’t this COVID-19 but still let’s pray and see . I know and I trust my Team that it isn’t so” he said.
Mr. Atoagye however called on the Media to refrain from causing fear and panic in it’s reports on COVID-19.
“The Media should take part rather in the basic preventive measures and then we leave the suspected cases and the confirmation to the health professionals. When it is confirmed they will see let us know but if we dwell into the suspected and then the confirmation and what of you, we may be causing fear and panic where by it will destabilize the people”