President Nana Akufo-Addo has said that he is confident that Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has what it takes to confront the COVID-19 challenge. He has therefore asked him to add his competencies and energy to the government’s fight to contain the novel Coronavirus disease in Ghana.
The president said this at the Jubilee House on Monday, April 20, 2020 after he has sworn in Dr. Okoe Boye as a Deputy Minister of Health.
Nana Akufo-Addo said the appointment of the Ledzokuku MP has come at a time when his services is most needed.
“You know very well what is going on. The pandemic that has changed so many things in the lives of our people and the governance of our state so you come at a very challenging and difficult time but myself and all of those who know you are very confident that you have what it takes to confront this challenge and add your talent and energy to the work of government.”
Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye was nominated by President Akufo-Addo as a Deputy Minister of Health-designate on April 6, 2020. He was subsequently vetted by the Appointment Committee of parliament on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 and was approved on April 17, 2020.
Okoe Boye Pledges
The MP during his vetting pledged to build a stronger Ministry of Health and would fully dedicate his time and energies towards the new task he has been given.
“With a lot of competency and capacity at the table, I will do some harmonization and whisper to my boss what he can do to make sure there is serious efficiency in terms of harnessing all the outputs from these platforms. I pledge to put in all my energy, time and all the things I have learnt on the job to make sure that we win this war,” he said.
Profile of Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye
Prior to his nomination, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye was the Board Chairman of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
He is a Member of Parliament for the Ledzokuku Constituency in the Greater Accra Region.
Dr. Okoe Boye is a licensed medical practitioner who holds BSC in Human Biology, Medicine and Surgery from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
He also holds a Masters Degree in Public Health (MPH) from Hamburg School of Applied Science and an A1 certificate in German from the Geothe Institute, Accra.
Dr. Okoe Boye had his house job at the Ghana Health Service from 2009 to 2012. He then continued as a Medical Officer in the same Institution for four years.
Currently, he is a Physician at Lekma Hospital, a government health facility located at Teshie.