The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has outlined 10 key indicators that the Akufo-Addo administration has lost the fight against Covid-19.
During a press briefing, the Party’s National Communications Officer, Sammy Gyamfi indicated that closure of some state institutions, the suspension of emergency service at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, among others exhibits government’s failure to effectively control the spread of the disease.
Listing the indicators, the Communications Officer said;
“Ghana has recorded over 24,000 positive cases with 139 deaths, whiles the insensitive and inept Akufo Addo-government looks on helplessly.
“Another fact that lays credence to the assertion that our Covid-19 fight is failing is that, the long-standing problem of lack of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our patriotic and hardworking health workers, who are sacrificing their lives to keep us safe, has not been addressed by President Akufo Addo and his government contrary to the countless and persistent assurances we have been given.
“Also, the alarming Covid-19 infections among top government officials, some of whom have died, doesn’t inspire any confidence in the ordinary man on the street, that this fight is anywhere near being won.
“Again, the rising phenomenon of shutdown of key state institutions such as, COCOBOD, GNPC, BOST, NHIA, Ministry of Finance, the Supreme Court, the Ministry of Education, the National Health Insurance Authority among several others, further accentuate the alarming rate of community spread of the novel coronavirus in the country and terrifying situation we presently find ourselves in.
“Furthermore, the significant reduction of testing and contact tracing being spearheaded by the failed Akufo Addo-government, is a major setback to our Covid-19 fight.
“Additionally, the lack of isolation facilities to contain our positive cases is very worrying. Currently, most of our hospitals and health facilities are full and overstretched, leading to the suspension of other critical emergency health services, while our ICUs are also getting full.
“Another serious problem confronting us, is the inadequacy of health personnel to manage COVID-19 cases, as was admitted by Dr. Nsiah Asare, Presidential Advisor on health in the media few weeks ago.
“Also, the inconsistent and doubtful data on our COVID-19 situation, leading to loss of public confidence is a major problem. The several instances of manipulation of data by government to create a false sense of security, instead of reporting the true facts as they pertain to our situation has gradually chipped away public confidence in government’s management of the pandemic.
“Lastly, the non-adherence to COVID-19 safety protocols by majority of Ghanaians, particularly by the ruling New Patriotic Party reflects the our failing fight against the pandemic.”
Mr Gyamfi insisted that the listed indicators shows government has been overwhelmed by the virus.
He further asked Ghanaians to hold the government responsible for the spike in Covid-19 cases.
Describing the government’s decision to reopen schools as ‘premature’, the Communications Officer charged government to adopt measures including the immediate closure of Senior High Schools to avert further spread of Covid-19.
He noted that the lives and welfare of SHS students are more important than the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).