Two Covid-19 Nigeriens who refused treatment in Accra recover

Blood sample with respiratory coronavirus positive

The two Nigeriens with Covid-19 who were admitted at the Ghana Police Hospital after refusing to get treated at the National Treatment Center, have recovered, officials say.

According to the Ghana Police Service, the two ECOWAS nationals have been discharged.

In a Facebook post, the Ghana Police Service said: “The two Nigerien COVID-19 cases in the care and management of the Police have recovered. They have therefore been discharged from the Police Hospital.”

“We continue to urge public support and cooperation to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Stay home as much as possible and wear the [face] mask whenever you have to meet others,” the post further cautioned.


The two Nigeriens were picked up on April 5, 2020, in Accra when a taxi they were in was stopped by police officers who were enforcing the partial lockdown.

The two could not give tangible reasons for their movement, sparking suspicion and their arrest.

Further investigations by police led to a medical test on them at the Ridge Hospital and they were confirmed to be COVID-19 positive on April 13, 2020.

The two Nigeriens caused a stir when they refused to undergo care at the Ga East Municipal Hospital on Monday, April 20, 2020, and attempted to leave the facility without authorisation.

They also reportedly threatened staff with a sharp object saying that they will not stay at the facility.

It took some security personnel about three hours to subdue them and have them returned to the Greater Accra regional police command.

They were subsequently moved to the Police Hospital to be treated in isolation after some intervention from Nigerien authorities in Ghana.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH | Email:

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