Koupéla, 27 March, 2020 / 7:25 am (ACI Africa).
The Archbishop emeritus of Burkina Faso’s Koupela Archdiocese, Séraphin François Rouamba has tested positive for COVID-19, the Episcopal Conference of Burkina Faso and Niger (CEBN) has confirmed in a March 25 statement.
“On the night of Thursday, March 19, 2020, His Excellency Archbishop Séraphin François Rouamba, Archbishop Emeritus of Koupela, was urgently admitted to the Our Lady of Peace Clinic for treatment,” reads in part CEBN’s statement availed to ACI Africa.
Archbishop Rouamba is receiving treatment at a health facility designated for COVID-19 patients in his country’s capital, Ouagadougou, the Bishops in Burkina Faso and Niger have disclosed in their collective statement.
“Having tested positive for Covid-19, he was transferred on the 24th to the hospital of Tengandogo CHU-T in Ouagadougou, (an institution set up to receive patients suffering from Covid-19) which finally referred him to the "Princess Sarah" clinic where he continues his treatment,” the Bishops have stated in their collective message signed by CEBN President, Bishop Laurent Dabire.
The 78-year-old Burkinabé Archbishop becomes the first African Catholic Prelate known to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus that has infected at least 365,371 people across the globe.