President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, have denied knowledge of the existence a 2015 Ministry of Health report, which details steps and actions taken by the previous government to build 10 regional emergency centers and other health facilities.
During Wednesday’s Presidential Encounter at the Jubilee House, Mr. Bismark Brown, host of Atinka TV’s Ghana Nie, asked President Akufo-Addo whether he was aware that the Health Ministry had approached the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA) in the USA to assist Ghana, which had been named the Ebola Command Center, by building 10 regional emergency with ambulance each, provide the country with two helicopters for medical supplies all together with unmanned humanitarian vehicles (drones) for the supply of vaccines and samples in case of an outbreak.
Mr. Brown, whose question was triggered by the controversy surrounding the $12m drone deal between the government and Zipline, revealed that one Dr. Afisah Zachariah, who was Director of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation at the Ministry of Health at the time, led a team to Michigan to solicit assistance from MAMA. Dr. Afisah subsequently did a report on the visit and the "agreement" with MAMA.
However, President Akufo-Addo denied knowledge of the existence of such a report when the question was posed to him. The reinforcement from his Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu muddied the waters since he also failed to offer an appropriate response to Bismark Brown’s well-researched question.
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Isaac Nuamah Yeboah