Mahama, others comment on COVID-19 for “political survival” – Akufo-Addo


President Akufo-Addo has responded to his predecessor Mr. John Mahama over the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.

In a Facebook post on Saturday, the opposition flagbearer said he was worried about the number of COVID-19 cases so far recorded in Ghana, especially the spike within the last 24 hours.

“Government is certainly failing the people of Ghana. Fear gripped many homes last night when the latest confirmed cases were released. And that is understandable. #COVID19 is real, my brothers and sisters.

“I want to encourage you, yet again, to protect yourself. Regular hand washing with soap and under running water is a must. Stay Home, but if you have to go out for any reason including work, wear your mask, take along a hand sanitizer, and always disinfect commonly used and touched surfaces. And, let us continue to remember the poor & needy. They need our support,” he posted.

In a reaction during his televised address on Sunday to update Ghanaians on measures being taken by the government to fight the coronavirus, Mr. Akufo-Addo said: “I know some political actors will want you to believe that our current numbers represent a failure on the part of Government. Do not begrudge them. They need to make such comments for their political survival.”

He added: “On the contrary, we must be emboldened in the knowledge that the four thousand, seven hundred (4,700) persons infected, so far, with the virus, have been identified, taken out of the population, isolated and are being treated.”

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the NDC’s COVID-19 team Prosper Bani has described as unfortunate claims by the President that critics of government’s efforts at controlling spread of the virus in Ghana are doing so for their political survival.

“We have submitted two documents so far to government, nowhere in our two documents have we criticized the government. If those actions are considered as criticisms to survive as a group that is rather overstretched.

“We are as concerned as the president and his government are with COVID-19 and we will at all times collaborate and ensure compliance with the WHO directive in fighting the virus. It is rather unfortunate that the President calls on Ghanaians and political parties to contribute and at the same time turnaround and say this about us,” the former Chief of Staff told Accra-based Starr FM.

COVID-19 cases in Ghana are now 4,700 resulting in 22 deaths, president Akufo-Addo announced Sunday evening. 494 patients have so far recovered.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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