President Nana Akufo-Addo has been accused of politicising efforts his government has made in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in the country.
A communication member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Peter Akwasi Mensah, who was speaking on Battleground, a current affairs programme on Power 97.9 FM, said Mr Akufo-Addo and his appointees cannot absolve themselves from blame as far as the subject is concerned.
Mr Mensah, who was outraged at what he described as the wanton display of politics in the government’s efforts to combat the deadly virus, noted that President Akufo-Addo and his appointees are fond of jabbing former president John Mahama whenever they want to tout their successes.
This comes after Ghana’s case count crossed over 5,000.
“They [the NPP] started politicising this pandemic … they’re are using their efforts to garner electoral fortunes,” Mensah told host Oheneba Boamah Bennie as he blamed President Akufo-Addo’s “incompetence” for the surge in the COVID-19 cases.
He said Akufo-Addo’s hypocrisy had been exposed following the soar of the Coronavirus cases from two on March 12 and over 5000 in two months.
The vociferous communicator referred to a tweet from Mr Akufo-Addo, the then candidate for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), that maligned then President Mahama for setting up an Ebola centre in Ghana when the epidemic broke out in some African countries.
“Ghanaians should never forgive President Mahama if the Ebola virus infects any Ghanaian. He is putting Ghanaians in danger by agreeing to establish the Ebola centre here in Ghana,” Akufo-Addo’s tweet, dated June 9, 2015, stated.
Reading the tweet which has since gone viral on social media, Akwasi Mensah said “was that religion Nana Akufo-Addo was engaging in? It was our politics.”
To him, the government is not putting in much resources into fighting the pandemic hence some health professionals raising red flags over the lag in testing and the lack of PPEs reported in some parts of the country.
Ghana’s Case Count
As of Tuesday May 12,2020, Ghana had recorded 427 new COVID-19 cases, increasing the country’s coronavirus case count to 5,127.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Aboagye, who disclosed this at a media briefing on Tuesday, said The Greater Accra region–which has the most cases– had recorded 89 new cases whilst the Ashanti region had 307 new cases.
The Central region, he noted, had also recorded 27 new cases with the Western and Volta regions recording 3 and 1 new cases respectively.
According to Dr. Aboagye, majority of the new cases were recorded from workplaces.
“Let’s create the necessary space at workplaces because they are becoming hotspots,” he said.
Of the 5,127 cases, 1474 were recorded from routine surveillance, 115 are travellers who were put into mandatory quarantine upon arrival and the remaining 3,538 were identified from enhanced surveillance.
Recoveries and deaths, however, still stand at 494 and 22 respectively bringing the active cases to 4611.
Greater Accra Region – 3,981
Ashanti Region – 662
Central Region – 154
Eastern Region – 99
Western North Region – 56
Western Region – 52
Volta Region – 33
Upper East Region – 26
Oti Region – 24
Upper West Region – 21
Northern Region – 16
North East Region – 2
Bono Region – 1