MoH Directs GBC Journalist to Self-quarantine After Coming Into Contact With Infected Norwegian Diplomat

A journalist with the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC), has been instructed by the Ministry of Health(MoH)  to be obligatorily self-quarantine effective Sunday, March 15, 2020.

The journalist who was at the Norwegian Embassy on Tuesday to cover a story upon the invitation of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is suspected to have come into contact with an infected COVID-19 person at the Norwegian Embassy.

The directive follows the announcement by the Ghana Health Service that a Norwegian Official at the Norwegian Embassy has contracted the virus as well as five Ghanaians.

This brings to the number a total of six recorded cases of COVID-19 in the country. The government has subsequently suspended all public gatherings to avert the spread of the virus.

Speaking in an interview, the health journalist said he is traumatized because he has not been feeling well for some time now.

“That Friday I went to Noguchi. I called Prof Abraham and told him how I was feeling. He said it is normal to stress I shouldn’t worry. So I forgot about it, in fact, I would not have come to school.

But the Ministry of Health; the people conducting the contact tracing called me this evening and said they are checking up on me because I am on their list as part of people who have come into contact with persons with coronavirus and so I need to be self-isolating myself and that from tomorrow they will come and take my temperature and run some few tests on me. They said I should not go out from today,” he said.

What Ensued at the Norwegian Embassy?

According to the journalist, who is also a student of the Ghana Institute of Journalism, he had come into contact with only one foreigner whom he did not shake hands with.

“I understand some other staff [of UNFPA] have also been told to self-quarantine until tomorrow when they will be taking them to Noguchi. The programme was done in collaboration with the embassy so top government officials were there.

I wanted to know whether it was the man (the ambassador) because the statement said it was a staff and a lot of white ladies were there; I don’t know who their staff were.

The only person I know is the ambassador, I know him, I took his card and that was the closest I came to him,” he stressed.

“I’m not sure but the only thing is that I am still feeling the way I was feeling before – I feel tired in a way and I don’t understand it so I don’t know what to do right now. When I think about it I fear for my life,” he added.