WHO applauds govt for effective COVID-19 management while minority calls it a bluff
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended the government for effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
It said, Ghana had been shortlisted among five other countries in the world with most innovative plans aimed at reducing the burden of the crisis on the citizenry.
The organisation noted that such inspiring relief policies had compelled the citizenry to strictly adhere to the precautionary measures in mitigating the spread of the virus in the country.
According to the Deputy Health Minister, Dr Bernard Okoe Boye who was briefing the press on Thursday in Accra, revealed that the commendation was accorded to the government yesterday.
He disclosed that, WHO observed that the nation needed to be commended for its stimulus package and strict measures adherence, including social distancing and hygiene protocols.
Presenting Ghana’s COVID-19 situation, Dr Okoe Boye indicated that the presentation was made to the global community in Webinar and it saw the country shortlisted as one of the six countries chosen worldwide to present their inspiring measures used in the management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Ghana has been identified as one of the most innovative and effective countries with quality management skills and has effectively managed the virus,” he added.
Dr Okoe Boye lauded the citizenry for the key role they played in ensuring the government efforts did not go down to drain.
He stated that if they continue complying to the safety measures implemented by the government and the Ministry of Health (MoH), the fight against the virus would be successful.
“This commendation of the country has been possible because of your compliance to social distance protocols and strict hygiene regimens. Together we shall win the COVID-19 battle,” Dr Okoe Boye stressed.
However, the minority see the stimulus packages not the best for the citizens especially in a deadly crisis like what the country is facing and urged the government to do more for the people.
Earlier on, they demanded government to absorb the electricity tariff as the government did with water, surely the government absorbed 50per cent of the tariffs for three months after absorbing all the charges on water.
The ex President Mahama later appealed to the government to absorb internet charges to enhance e-learning.
The minority always expressed the need for the government to do more since what it was doing was not the best and effective for the citizenry.
Just few days ago, the Vice President of the country in response to the minority, lauded the government for the relief policies and called on the citizenry to judge between how the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was managing the COVID-19 crisis and how the erstwhile administration handled the power outages (dumsor) crisis to adjudge the effective leader who could manage the country and the economy in terms of crisis.
His speech brought lots of issues among the minority and they even demanded an apology from Dr Bawumia for comparing a deadly ailment to power crisis.
BY JOYCELINE NATALLY CUDJOE