Member of Parliament for Obuasi West and Deputy Minister of Finance, Kwaku Agyemang Kwarteng has a response for critics who are doubting government’s performance with regards to management and containment of the COVID-19 pandemic in Ghana.
For him, such persons are blind to government’s efforts to help the situation because they are pretending and refusing to acknowledge and give credit to who deserves it as and when they ought to.
“It’s very difficult to wake a person that is pretending to be asleep. If people look at what government is doing and they are minded to be uncomfortable because of what they consider to be an electoral advantage, it’s going to be very hard to convince them.” He said.
Adding, “I can merge all the things that you mentioned and give it to you as a strategy, you will still find ways to doubt that so it is not something we should worry our heads over.”
His comments come on the back of recent questions and assertions that government is creating a false sense of security when indeed the country’s situation with respect to the spread of COVID-19 is worsening.
The country has recorded over 1000 cases within a period of 5 days, out of which some 900 were recorded within 24 hours. As it stands, Ghana has 4,012 confirmed cases and questions are emerging as to what government is really doing to solve the situation.
Speaking on Joynews’ Newsfile program Saturday, Mr. Kwarteng, having admitted that there may have been a few slips in the dispensation of their duties however maintained that government, the President and frontline workers must be commended for the good work they have done to control Ghana’s situation.
According to him, they are only human and cannot be completely faulted for every slip that emerges in the course of their enhanced efforts to contain the virus.
‘I have already conceded that the people working in the Ghana Health Service, they are human beings and so we cannot say that they are perfect but you must look at the overall approach and responsiveness and see if they deserve commendation or criticise the people sacrificing so we can all fight this disease, whether our attitude to them should be commendation or chastisement.” he stated.
He further added, “The Ghana Health Service and those managing this pandemic for us have done well, they are not perfect, they have got it wrong at some point but they got it wrong because they wanted to help. In the process, if they make mistakes, we are in a position to point it out to them. I commend the government, the President, the frontline workers, and the Ghana Health Service, they have done marvellously well. There could have been slips here and there but overall, I think the Health Service people deserve commendation and let’s not give the impression that they have done a bad job.”