The Managing Director of the Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo has tested positive for COVID-19.
Taking to his LinkedIn account to announce his status, Dr. Elikem Tamaklo revealed his family has also contracted the virus and are seeking treatment.
According to him, he and his wife tested positive on June 4 after falling sick within the week. He intimated that although the positive diagnosis has affected his family, he is happy to state they are well, have been self-isolating together and are taking all medical advice and precautionary measures
“Yesterday, I found out that my family and I tested positive for COVID-19 after my wife and I fell ill this week. I would like to assure you that we are following all the specified protocols and are on the road to recovery.”
Giving reasons why he chose to come out publicly to declare his status, Dr. Tamakloe said it was to break the culture of stigmatization surrounding the virus and encourage infected people to live their lives out of fear of being rejected.
“I want to use my personal story to highlight that there are many people who have been stigmatized after being found to be positive for the virus. This has resulted in a lot of people not wanting to get tested and staying silent out of fear. We cannot allow fear to win in this time and we need to keep hope alive. It is my hope that by being open and transparent, this will encourage others to do same and not stay silent.
Confirming the status of Dr. Tamakloe, the Head of Corporate Affairs of Nyaho Medical Centre, Rita Agyeiwaa Rockson said “As part of the organisation’s Business Continuity Plan, non-clinical staff (including the MD) have been working remotely from home through virtual meetings since 23rd March 2020. This was to enable efficient social distancing at the Centre as well as create enough room for clinical staff to continue to provide quality care to patients. Over the last two weeks, Dr. Tamaklo was not physically present on the hospital premises and thus, we can confirm that the exposure was from the community.
“In adherence to the stipulated protocols, Dr. Tamaklo and his family are currently under quarantine and will be compliant with all the necessary guidance from the District Health team who have worked closely with Nyaho Medical Centre in the follow up and treatment of patients,” she added.
Meanwhile, Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko has commended Dr. Tamaklo for publicly coming out to declare his status.
In a tweet, the NPP politician said “Dr Elikem Tamaklo is an amazing, caring human being. His decision to come out publicly that he & his family have contracted COVID-19 and are in isolation at home recovering must be highly commended. Many people and organisations are keeping quiet about theirs for fear of stigma.”
Dr Elikem Tamaklo is an amazing, caring human being. His decision to come out publicly that he & his family have contracted covid-19 and are in isolation at home recovering must be highly commended. Many people and organisations are keeping quiet about theirs for fear of stigma pic.twitter.com/jK4nh5IlH6
— Gabby Otchere-Darko (@GabbyDarko) June 6, 2020