A Member of the NDC’s Covid-19 Technical Team, Dr. Prosper Akanbong has admonished President Akufo-Addo avoid propaganda and focus on leading the country’s efforts against the coronavirus disease.
This comes on the back of a statement made by the President in his May 10 televised address to the nation on measures taken by the government against the coronavirus outbreak.
“I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival,” Akufo-Addo said.
He added that “we cannot allow a few persons, who wish to use these differences to scuttle our collective fight, to succeed”
But Dr. Prosper Akanbong is shocked at the President’s reaction to criticism.
He is questioning how critics were seeking political relevance when their efforts are with good intentions.
“If he himself calls for everybody to come on board to help fight this Covid – 19….you call on political parties, you call on Ghanaians, you call on every institution. When people are coming to make their suggestions to you, making recommendations to you, lending their supports in terms of PPEs and food materials, what political relevance are they trying to make for themselves” he queried.
The former Tamale Teaching Hospital CEO added that the political actors targeted by the President were already relevant prior to the outbreak of Covid – 19 in the country.
“…you have called me to come and help you, I am helping and you are saying I am seeking political relevance. Was I not existing before Covid came? So I think that he is trying to change his focus. He should just focus his mind on Covid rather than going political with this whole thing because most of the political parties were already existing and being relevant before Covid came” he stated
Meanwhile the ban on public gatherings including conferences, marriage ceremonies, religious activities amongst other related events have been extended till the end of May, 2020.
However, private burial services are permitted with a maximum of 25 persons in attendence.
Ghana’s positive case count of the global pandemic stands at 4,700 with 494 recoveries and 22 deaths as of Sunday, May 10, 2020.
Per Ghana Health Service’s protocols, persons infected with the virus are declared as recovered after consistently testing negative twice.
Story by: Daniel Sackitey│universnewsroom.com