THE COVID-19 FIGHT’S PROGRESSIVE REPORT MAKES NONSENSE OF THE CLAIMS BY THIS PRIVATE MEDICAL HEALTH GROUP

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THE COVID-19 FIGHT’S PROGRESSIVE REPORT MAKES NONSENSE OF THE CLAIMS BY THIS PRIVATE MEDICAL HEALTH GROUP

It is not as though some of us have the affinity to always cross swords with people or groups of people who criticize this administration over its handling of COVID-19 but when such people or groups do so with mischief and minds tilted towards making the administration look bad in the eyes of the public, they would draw fire from some of us.

A group calling itself the Society of Private Medical and Dental Practitioners of Ghana has slammed Government over recent spate of increases in COVID-19 infections.

According to one lady, Dr. Alam Manza Banor Fordjuor, the Executive Secretary, speaking on Citi FM’s Eyewitness News, said the number of treatment facilities are too small and must be shored up. She raised other issues which, in my considered opinion, came from uninformed positions, so I would not waste time on them.

Two key issues need addressing. She talked about PPEs for medical practitioners and how they are in short supply. She clearly doesn’t know that the very items she talked about are imported and that demand for them far outstrips supply. Countries are queuing in Germany for them and she sits in Accra and creates the impression that Unilever produces these items!

The bit about the spike in the reported cases of COVID-19 infections and the claim that Government has slackened in dealing with it is shocking, to put it mildly.

For a group that claims to be in the health industry to blame Government for this is most bizarre and outrageous.

The causal reasons behind these increased numbers sit with the general public, not the Government. Government has put in lots of efforts in educating the public about the dangers of COVID-19 and the need to adhere to safety protocols.

Instead of exerting their energies into educating the public on the need to abide strictly by the safety measures, they are in the media chastising the Government.

In their minds, Akufo-Addo should go round our houses educating Ghanaians to live according to the protocols announced by the Ghana Health Service.

This group doesn’t mean well. If they do, they would not have chosen to go into the media space to spew these when they know they could have made their concerns known to the people in charge of the COVID-19 fight.

They tended to hit the panic button unnecessarily. The numbers as in the infected cases and the active cases make nonsense of their position that Government is failing to deal with the pandemic.

P.K.Sarpong, Whispers from the Corridors of the Thinking Place.

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