COVID-19 kills Kufuor presidential staffer Mike Adjei Featured

Mike Adjei, the veteran journalist and author, died in a London hospital yesterday, April 7 2020, of the novel coronavirus disease.

The former presidential staffer in the Kufuor-led New Patriotic Party government had already been hospitalised for another illness, and contracted the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while undergoing treatment at the hospital.

As of April 8, the United Kingdom has recorded 61,474 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 7,110 deaths. The global figure is 1,495,051 confirmed cases and 87,469 deaths. 

Ghana’s position

In Ghana’s case, one more person is confirmed dead, bringing the national death toll from the disease to six, according to the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

There has also been an increase in the overall number of cases: 26 new cases have been confirmed, bringing the total to 313 as of April 8.

The regional profile, the GHS reports, is: “Greater Accra Region has most cases (274), followed by the Ashanti Region (25), Northern Region (ten), Upper West Region (one), Eastern Region (one), Upper East Region (one) and Central Region (one).”

It adds: “A total of 161 cases were reported from the routine surveillance, 37 from enhanced surveillance activities and those from travellers under mandatory quarantine in both Accra and Tamale are 115.”

Mike Adjei 

Among the books for which the late Mike Adjei will be remembered is Death and Pain: Rawlings' Ghana: The Inside Story. He also once worked as a columnist for The Statesman.

He was among journalists jailed under the PNDC regime and forced into exile. The Preventive Custody Law (PNDC Law 4) was used to arrest and detain three Free Press journalists between 1982 and 1985. Mike Adjei, then a leading journalist on the Free Press, and Tommy Thompson, the managing editor, were arrested in 1983, reportedly for criticising the government in the paper. They were both released in April 1984 without charge.

In April 1986, the Free Press was forced to close because the then regime found its editorials “unpatriotic”. At the same time, several employees of the newspaper were reportedly detained on suspicion of seditious activities. Among them was the prominent journalist Kweku Baako Jnr, who was released after four months in detention, and John Kugblenu, the editor, who was held for five months.

Mr Adjei was the father of the prolific author Abyna Ansah Adjei. He was also a regular commentator and writer on Ghanaian political affairs and a former features editor of the state-owned Daily Graphic newspaper.

 

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