The initial explanation of why the Ministry of Health purchased the Sputnik V vaccine for $19 dollars instead of a global price of US$10 per dose is not what Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu explained in Parliament yesterday. The Chief Director of the Ministry of Health, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari explained that they were initially given a price of US$ 25 per dose and they were able to negotiate to reduce the price to US$19.
According to Ministry, the unit price was $10 per dose but the cost of land transportation, shipment, insurance, handling and special storage charges, it said, were factored into reaching the final agreement of US$19 for a dose. The Ministry used every explanation they can to make Ghanaians understand that the price of the vaccine was not overpriced.
So this u-turn statement from the Health Minister, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu has triggered the anger of many Ghanaians because they lied to Ghanaians that the agreement was properly conducted. Meanwhile, Kwaku Agyeman Manu's statement shows that they rushed in acquiring the Sputnik V vaccine without even parliament approval.
The questions are; Is this the answer that Ghanaians want? Is that the best time to come out with the truth? How can you say that you were not thinking properly when making a deal on behalf of a whole nation? Meanwhile, every government procurement has to pass through parliament for approval before the final decision to acquire it. This reason given by the Minister on why we purchased overpriced vaccines cannot be accepted.
In view of this, Tilapia The Cartoonist has created a new song for the Honorable Minister using Kuami Eugene's confusion song. Some Ghanaians after coming across this cartoon asked that; is the truth really a bitter pill? Hon. Kwaku Agyeman Manu should have said this earlier but has waited until today that we have already incurred the cost.
You cannot make decisions in your frustration or confusion times, that is parliament is there to assist in some of the decisions like this. He was doing the right thing but in the wrong way. Taking such a decision all by himself at that time that he was confused is very wrong. Check out some reactions from some Ghanaians below:
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