I am in good spirit, medical bills not on govt – Ofori-Atta

Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana's Finance Minister
Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana's Finance Minister

Minister-designate for Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta has safely arrived in the United States of America (USA) for medical review for treatment of post-Covid-19 complications, contrary to wicked claims circulated on social media yesterday.

In a tweet on his official Twitter page, Mr Ofori-Atta said he was in good spirits and expressed regards to everyone.

The information gave assurance to the general public and financial sector players both home and abroad that the minister-designate for finance is in good spirits.

The tweet was to dispel the wicked claims on social media that Mr Ofori-Atta has succumbed to post-Covid-19 complications he was experiencing after surviving the virus.

The claims were being made at a time that the flight on which the minister was travelling to the United States had not even landed.

It is important to put on record that the state is not covering the costs of travel and medical review of Mr Ofori-Atta.

A section of the public created the erroneous impression that the cost of Mr Ofori-Atta’s travel and medical review was being paid for by the state.

Mr Ofori-Atta left for the United States of America on, Sunday, for a special medical review.

A statement issued by the Public Relations Unit of the Ministry of Finance said after recovering from Covid-19 last December, Mr Ofori-Atta has had medical complications, which doctors have advised require further interventions not currently available in Ghana.

He is expected to be away for two weeks.

Mr Ofori-Atta was scheduled to appear before the Appointments Committee of Parliament today, February 16, 2021.

The statement said the leadership of Parliament was duly notified for a new date to be fixed upon his return.

The letterhead of the ministry was used for the official communication because Mr Ofori-Atta is the Representative of the President at the Ministry of Finance and Minister-designate for Finance.

However, political opponents have misconstrued this to mean the state might be paying for the trip and medical review.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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