Former President Jerry John Rawlings was diagnosed with COVID-19 before his death on November 12 (Thursday), Fred Smith, the head of the Health Department at Joy News, confirmed.
According to reports from Fred Smith at the Kollob Teaching Hospital where the former president passed away today, although he was infected with the deadly virus, doctors could not confirm whether the virus eventually killed him.
Earlier in the day, broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah also reported this when broadcasting the news of the death of the former leader on GHOne TV.
Ghana cannot independently confirm the authenticity of the claim, but many other media have also confirmed that Rogers did succumb to the deadly virus.
Rollins died at the age of 73.
According to the state-owned “Daily Bild”, the former president died at the Kolb Teaching Hospital and he was hospitalized for a week.
Rawlings was born on June 22, 1947. He was a former military leader and later politician in Ghana and ruled the country from 1981 to 2001.
However, before that, he had briefly ruled in 1979.
He led a military government until 1992, and then was elected President of Ghana for two consecutive terms.
Rawlings initially came to power in Ghana as a lieutenant of the Ghanaian Air Force after the 1979 coup. Prior to that, he made a failed coup attempt against the ruling military government on May 15, 1979, and democratic elections will be held only five weeks before the original plan.
After initially transferring power to the civilian government, he regained control of the country on December 31, 1981, and served as the chairman of the Interim National Defense Council (PNDC).
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