"What Can Akufo-Addo Pride Himself With In This Fight Against COVID-19" - Ako Gunn Challenges Prez
Deputy Communication Director of the largest oposition party, National Democratic Congress (NDC), Godwin Ako Gunn has challenged President Akufo-Addo to pin-point any logistics he has provided to the frontline health workers combating the novel coronavirus pandemic in the various hospitals across the country.
According to him, he is disappointed the President is rather thinking of building hospitals in districts across the country whereas the frontline health workers lack personal protective equipments.
Speaking on an Accra-based Television Station on Wednesday, Mr. Ako Gunn said "The President has not bought a single PPE for the health professionals yet he is going to build hospital. What can he pride himself for in this fight against the coronavirus?"
He added although the United States, Jack Ma Foundation among other Organisations and Philanthropists in the country are donating personal protective equipments, it is upon the President to emulate from these gestures.
Mr. Ako Gunn lauded Former President Mahama for his kind gesture of providing some personal protective equipments to some hospitals across the country.
He said "Former President Mahama has been donating to various hospital in the country and that is a mark of a good leader. What will Ghanaians do with the hospitals? I am learning President Akufo-Addo has donated his three months salary. What work has he done that warrants payment of salary?"
88 Hospitals In Districts
The Deputy Director of Communication also questioned Government what the cost of the yet-to-be built 88 Hospitals.
"What are they going to do with the 88 Hospitals NPP used to complain alot about us spending on projects when we were in power but they are doing worse. Till today, President Akufo-Addo can not tell Ghanaians what the cost of the 'Free SHS' project is"
Mr. Ako Gunn further explained that in project management, every project is diffent based on its cost adding that what makes Ghanaians think the Akufo-Addo led Administration will disclose the amount to be spent on the 88 hospitals.
He hinted that in the Ashanti Region, some frontline doctors have tested positive for the novel coronavirus and are being quarantined due to lack of PPEs to aid in their day-to-day activities.
"I am afraid for myself and Ghanaians. Why build hospitals when you can not buy PPEs for doctors. Before the lockdown, our cases recorded stood at 144, it later jumped to 1042. Now that is on the high, we have been released to move about. Just yesterday, the numbers increased again to 1671, we must be afraid" he said.
He advised Government to find solutions to the widespread coronavirus and refrain from politicising every issue.
Meanwhile, Chairman for the New Juabeng North Constituency, Kwadwo Agyeman Boateng said "No matter what NDC will attribute to the President in this Covid-19 season, will not be positive. The audience will judge whatever is happening in the country"
He also added that since President Akufo-Addo is working dawn to dusk to ensure the virus is combated, his efforts have been recognised and commended by the World Health Organisation(WHO).
He explained that aside Ghana, Germany is the second country who has put out stronger measures at dealing with the novel coronavirus pandemic.
"President Akufo-Addo said we need to develop our strategies to fight the virus. Our health is not something to play football with. Our health must be our priority" he noted.
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith