The Health Ministry is inarguably the most sensitive and most imperative environment in Ghana. Health is life and wealth; hence, there is no way we must joke with it.
The moment we underestimate or overlook any key activity in this ministry, we put the lives of many Ghanaians at risk.
I must admit that, over the years, most of our leaders have made some efforts to prioritize the health needs of Ghanaians in the most appropriate manner even though our healthcare system is somehow a fragile one.
However, the country's health sector is currently experiencing a 'negative' paradigm shift. This new phenomenon is powered by one social canker, 'corruption'. Corruption has made most leaders so blind in such a way that they put their bellies first in whatever they do, even if it is putting the lives of innocent citizens at risk.
Truth be told: the appointment of the current Health Minisiter, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu is very questionable. His historical scandalous acts are so alarming and shameful, and it is just so surprising why he was given such sensitive position again.
Procurement of COVID-19 (Sputnik V Vaccines)
It was just a continuation of his usual scandals. How can a Health Minister and a Member of Parliament dodge a legally mandatory procedure in Foreign Transactions and use his own approach to procure vaccines for Ghana?
After failing to appear before parliament for the necessary interrogative processes and scrutinization, he went ahead to use a third party in the deal. Instead of procuring it directly from the manufacturer, he used the services of a third party so that he can inflate the prices. A dose of vaccine which is being sold at $10 was allegedly bought by him at $18/19. Even in Egypt, same vaccines were sold to them at $10 per dose, so where from the $8/9 difference?
That is why the Deputy Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Kwaku Boahen has confidently asserted that that Sheikh in the deal is not an Emirati as he claimed, but an alleged Top Political Icon of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Who even introduced H.H Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum to him? And who approved that transaction for him to successfully procure those vaccines? There are obviously some public officials behind this heartbreaking scandalous act.
If immediate actions are not taken, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu will gradually collapse our fragile health system all in the name of being under pressure to procure vaccines to protect the lives of Ghanaians. Meanwhile, he was just doing it for his selfish interest and personal aggrandizement.
There is one man he must refer to, and humbly learn from. He was the First Ghanaian Health and Labour Minisiter. He also served as the country's Minister for Finance under the leadership of Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah. He was the first person to welcome Osagyefo after he was released from Fort James Prison.
His relationship with Kwame Nkrumah was an excellent one, but subsequently deteriorated because he was allegedly trying to overthrow Osagyefo. This was clearly captured in this statement: "I would be sorry to have to do it but country has had enough of Nkrumah's arrogance, whims and madness."
This forced him to go into exile because attempts were made by Nkrumah to put him under private detention.
However, while he was away, he worked tirelessly with the US Government to complete the Akosombo Dam Project he initiated before leaving.
How many politicans today can do what he did?
Komla Agbeli Gbedemah always put Ghana first, no matter the challenges he was going through in life.
This is a great lesson to Kwaku Agyemang-Manu and other top officials in Ghana. This is the time to put aside their selfish interests and fight a good fight for their motherland because if they do not do it, no one would.
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