Sputnik V vaccine: Health Minister needs empathy not chastisement – Ken Ofori-Atta

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The Minister of Finance, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, says rather than requires the abdication of the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu over the messed up Sputnik V COVID-19 antibody bargain, Ghanaians ought to be more sympathetic towards him.

As indicated by him, Mr Agyeman Manu’s judgment in the arrangement was in light of a legitimate concern for Ghanaians, particularly that the existences of residents were in question.

There have been uplifted requires the Health Minister to leave or be sacked by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over the messed up bargain.

Yet, talking in a meeting Wednesday on Accra-based radio broadcast, Asaase Radio, the Finance Minister, who has likewise been reprimanded for his job in the arrangement, portrayed as unreasonable the treatment being allotted to the Health Minister.

As indicated by him, Ghanaians must “continue on” particularly after the Sheik consented to discount $2.47 million (about GH¢14.4 million) to the country.

“The people [middlemen] have said they can’t supply the vaccines; which means that they have broken the contract, and then we get our $2 million back, and then we move on,” he said.

“But to be so unsympathetic to somebody who felt that what can he do to ensure that there is continuity. And to sit now comfortably to chastise him without empathizing with him; I am empathetic of him, and I expect that others will also realize the type of pressure that he was under at the time and his commitment to ensuring that Ghanaians are safe.

“I got a number of interviews by a lot of European media outlets, and I asked them; you sit there and ask me why I am paying more for vaccines when you are hoarding those vaccines, and I have one out of a hundred people being vaccinated whereas you have eighty over a hundred, and then you sit there and ask me why are you doing this,” he said.

He however gave the assurance that his ministry would retrieve the monies which were paid to Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.