- Akufo-Addo government has deliberately abandoned the specialized vans at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital
- The strategy of this government is to seek herd immunity which has proven detrimental to countries that have adopted it.
- Public education on the virus has also been very poor, and as a result of that “people are just living their lives
- President Akufo-Addo’s handling of the virus has been dominated by political interest and propaganda.
- John Mahama advised the government to listen to the experts and scientists in the fight against the virus.
- Excerpt during his #JohnMahamaLive session on Facebook
Former President John Mahama is staging a comeback in 2021 with a vow
Has the battle to contain COVID-19 in Ghana been lost?
|Former President John Mahama is staging a comeback in 2021 with a vow to build a hospital ship to improve healthcare delivery if elected on December 7, 2020.
"We will build a new Onipa Nua Hospital Ship and deploy it to provide medical services to the inaccessible riverine and fishing communities on the inland Volta waterways,” Mr Mahama said.
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) presidential candidate made the promise on Thursday, June 18, 2020, during one of his Facebook Live sessions.
He made the promise to build and deploy the hospital ship after criticizing President Nana Akufo-Addo for abandoning some of his innovative policies that were aimed at improving healthcare delivery in the country.
He blamed the current administration for abandoning the Onua Do Mobile Vans that his administration introduced in 2015.
“These were vans meant to provide medical outreach services…in underserved and hard to reach areas of the country. But the vans have been left at the vagaries of the weather,” he stated.
He said the vans were designed to deliver specialized services in ophthalmology, dentistry, mammograms and general medicine by visiting rural and far-to-reach communities of the country but they have not been put to that use since he left office.
He said since the Akufo-Addo government has deliberately abandoned the specialized vans at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
He, therefore, promised to rehabilitate these dilapidated mobile clinics and expand the number to care for all 16 regions of the country to enable government “take healthcare to the doorsteps of all our people, even in the remotest parts of our country”.
The strategy of this government is to seek herd immunity.
According to Mr Mahama, public education on the virus has also been very poor, and as a result of that “people are just living their lives, that's how come the virus is spreading some more.”
“The strategy of this government is to seek herd immunity. They had lost the battle to contain the virus so it was like ‘ok let’s open up; let’s ease things and let people go about their business and if a lot of people get infected with the virus, the virus will have nowhere else to go and it will disappear."
The herd immunity approach has proven detrimental to countries that have adopted it.
|Herd immunity occurs in a population when there is resistance to the spread of a contagious disease within the population that results in a sufficiently high proportion of individuals becoming immune to the disease.
“It’s been done in countries like Brazil and if you go and see the [number] of people who are getting infected and those who are dying, I think it is not something that I believe we should copy,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo in his #STN address announced that whiles borders remained closed, some categories of academic institutions are allowed to resume, religious places can also reopen with strict conditions and the observance of health protocols.
Mr Mahama also lashed out at President Akufo-Addo’s handling of the virus when he said it has been dominated by political interest and propaganda.
“You cannot do propaganda with a pandemic. Lining up Council of State members, chiefs, student groups to the seat of government to congratulate the President on his handling of the pandemic will not let the virus go away.
“The infections and deaths will ultimately expose you,” he added.
Battle Scars in the Fight to Contain the spread of COVID19
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu’s infection was reported last week, whilst Mr Anthony K. K Sam, the Mayor of Sekondi-Takoradi, also succumbed to the disease on Friday, June 12.
Head of Ghana’s Health Insurance Authority, NHIA, Dr Dsane-Selby announced on Monday that she had tested positive for COVID-19. She made the disclosure in an interview on a local network.
She becomes the fourth known government official to have tested positive for COVID-19.