Political class led us to let our guards down – Beyuo replies Akufo-Addo

The Deputy General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), Dr Titus Beyuo, has taken a swipe at the president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, over the latter’s worry that the citizenry let its guard down for Covid-19 to escalate into a third wave.

In his 26th address to the nation on Sunday, July 25, President Akufo-Addo bemoaned how many are going about their daily activities in clear breach and disregard for the Covid-19 preventive protocols.

He described as troubling how many of the citizenry have stopped wearing the nose masks.

“We cannot afford to return to the days of partial lockdown, which brought considerable hardships and difficulties for all of us,” he said in the latest address.

But Dr Beyuo expressed sadness about this observation by the president.

“I feel very sad about the letting our guards down bit,” he told Berla Mundi on TV3‘s New Day on Monday, July 26.

“The Medical Association started cautioning the nation that we should not let our guards down way back last year but we all saw what has happened in the country.

“The minute our cases go down, we all collectively decide to pretend as if this disease was not with us.”

‘Justifying the unjustifiable’

He said per studies in epidemiology, when a case is reported at one point, the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) in the case of Ghana, it is just a matter of time for it to spread.

He said per the fragile nature of the country’s health system, the nation could not have afforded to allow the new variant to come in.

Dr Beyuo laid the blame at the doorstep of the political class.

“It’s very sad when you hear political commentators and other people trying to justify the unjustifiable. For instance, the political class generally led us into letting our guards down.

“We saw them attending funerals, we saw them doing programmes left, right, centre as though there was nothing at stake. This is where we find ourselves.”

So far, the disease has claimed 823 lives with the country battling 4,521.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana

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