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General News of Tuesday, 28 April 2020


Akufo-Addo's address on Sunday needless – Alex Sebgefia

Former Minister of Health, Alex Sebgefia Former Minister of Health, Alex Sebgefia

The President of Ghana, Nana Akuffo-Addo addressed the nation for the 8th time last Sunday ever since COVID-19 reached the shores of Ghana.

The President’s address over the period has seen him give directives to aid in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. But many have regarded the latest Presidential address as nothing short of a political cry.

Speaking on Happy98.9FM’s Happy Morning Show with host, Samuel Eshun, the Former Minister of Health, Alex Sebgefia, noted that the COVID-19 update received from the President last Sunday could have been done without a national broadcast.

He said, “I would’ve advised the President not to address us on Sunday. He could’ve sent a comminique to give us the COVID-19 update. But if he had to go through with it, I would’ve asked him to keep to the script and not make it a political address”.

According to him the only COVID-19 update given by the President over the weekend was on the extension of the ban on public gatherings.

The politician mentioned, “given the fact that the President addresses us regularly when he wants to lift or increase a lockdown, he did little this time around because the rest of his address appeared to be a political speech on a political platform”.

On his authority, the President used a platform from which citizens access information on COVID-19, to talk about hospitals that were impossible to build in one year.

“The mention of the hospitals had no business in the President’s address”, he emphasised.

The President in his 8th address to the nation on Sunday promised 94 district and regional hospitals across the country within a year.

The standard 100 -bed facilities which will be in districts without hospitals will also have accommodation for staff.

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