Popular Ghanaian musician, Bice Osei Kuffour, known as Obour, has lost his dad to the deadly coronavirus.
The elderly man died of the novel coronavirus at the Ridge Hospital in Accra Friday evening.
This brings the number of deaths in Ghana to four.
Sources has revealed that the deceased was taken to the facility on March 26 showing symptoms of the virus,according to theghanareport.com
The body of the deceased is still at a temporary morgue at the emergency centre of the Ridge Hospital.
The authorities are said to be waiting for the National COVID-19 Response Team to take the necessary steps before getting the body moved.
Even though there are claims that the travel history and possible Covid-19 status of the deceased was hidden from the hospital authorities, a statement released by Obuor has states that his father was taken to the hospital by officials of the Ghana National Ambulance Service, who were warned of the possible Covid-19 infection of the man before they went to the house.
Below is a statement released by the award-winning artiste:
With sadness and a heavy heart I announce the death of Nana Osei Boansi Kuffour my biological father.
Nana returned from UK on 19th March after his yearly visit to the family. Upon his return he was fine but began coughing on Sunday 22nd.
We arranged for his blood sample to be tested and he tested positive for malaria.We began treatment for malaria but his condition got worse.
We arranged to bring him to Accra to be tested for Covid 19 at Ridge Hospital on Wednesday. They informed us that his report will be ready on Friday but we should keep him in quarantine which we did.
On Thursday night he had extreme difficulty with breathing so we called the Ambulance service and informed them of his condition.
We told them the patient has tested for COVID 19 and awaiting his results so they should come along with appropriate apparel.
The ambulance team took him to Ridge Hospital around 11pm on Thursday March 26. We informed the health team at Ridge of his condition and also informed them he had earlier taken a test for Covid and awaiting results.
Late this afternoon, the Dr informed us that he is likely to be a confirmed Covid case and as such we should take steps to do a contact trace and quarantine ourselves. Sadly he passed on this evening.
Under the circumstances I understand nobody can come over to pay their respects and commiserate with our family as we are all on a 14 Day quarantine though I and my assistant who had close contact with him have both tested negative for COVID 19 as at today 27th March.
These are the true facts about my fathers demise.
Bice Obour Osei Kuffour