President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has tested negative for the Coronavirus disease.
According to the President’s personal physician, Dr Patrina Takyi-Ankrah, he was tested for the disease a day before his birthday, March 28.
Addressing the press on Wednesday, April 1, Dr Takyi-Ankrah said the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo also tested negative for the disease.
“On the day before the president’s birthday, we tested him and the first lady and his daughters and all the staff of this household and I am happy to announce that all the tests came back negative,” she said.
Dr. Takyi Ankrah also said close family relations of the President have also tested negative for the disease.
She added that 99 staff at the presidency have all been tested and have been confirmed negative.
She said the tests were done based on a policy that all top officials and frontline workers dealing with issues regarding COVID-19 in the country be screened themselves.
“A day after his birthday, we continued to test the people in his secretariat including myself because we tend to deal with him on these bases and as I speak now, a total of 99 people have been tested and the results have come back negative. We are continuing the process and as and when we complete, we are hoping that everybody will test negative,” she added.
Dr. Takyi-Ankrah also explained that President Akufo-Addo despite having meetings on a daily basis was not using the nose mask because he is observing the stated precautionary protocols including handwashing and social distancing.
“He is observing the social distancing strictly and we are making sure that he is washing his hands very often and he is also using the sanitizers as well,” she said.