Finance Minister designate Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta was infected with COVID-19 a few months back and has been dealing with complications of the disease.
On Monday, February 15, several news outlets reported about the health of finance minister Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta with a picture of him together with his wife in New York City, New York, United States of America.
The Minister has traveled abroad as part of the complications of the virus he contracted some months back and is visiting medical experts in order to restore his health and get him back functioning.
A prominent member of the New Patriotic Party and extended family member of the minister, Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko has opined that the minister prioritized serving his country and performing his role as a finance minister where he looked forward to getting the country’s economy on track at the expense of his own health.
He further went on to say that he has been behind closed doors with the minister and could see first-hand that his health was in an extremely bad state which made medical attention the only vital resource he could turn to.
Inasmuch as Mr. Gabby Otchere-Darko is right, the citizenry has started asking questions as to why several individuals who have appointments in the government (past and present) have opportunities to seek medical health on foreign shores, when there are several healthcare facilities a few metres, kilometers or miles away from them?
As citizens, we wish the minister a speedy recovery and hope the healthcare professionals would be able to lessen the suffering of the complications so that he can be back functioning in his capacity as a public servant.
With that said, as a country, our healthcare infrastructure must be thoroughly reviewed for its quality.
This is because we cannot have all our prominent politicians travel to and fro and get the medical help they need while the citizenry who have no known connections abroad die from mild ailments which could have been treated with better healthcare infrastructure.