The President of the African Studies Association has stated that although Ghana started well in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, the country dropped the ball along the line.
Taking into account information provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Ghana’s management of the pandemic, Prof Akosua Adomako Ampofo revealed that she felt very proud to be Ghanaian.
Prof Adomako stated that even though the pandemic came as a surprise the country’s efforts in managing it was exceptional.
She added that she was impressed with the measures put in place in the country during the lockdown, especially at the airport.
“When I got to Kotoka, we were made to fill a form and answer a whole bunch of questions, took our temperatures and I thought Ghana was really really doing well. And we also had the lockdown protocols and others,” she said.
Unfortunately, “We [Ghana] really really slid downhill to the point where now the question a lot of people kept asking was if Covid-19 really existed in Ghana,” she said.
The Professor of African Studies at the University of Ghana’s Institute of African Studies made these comments Wednesday on JoyFm’s Super Morning Show as part of discussions on stories that impacted heavily in 2020.
The Professor expressed concern about the recent neglect of the Covid-19 safety protocols.
“Now you go out and people are not wearing a mask, you go to social functions and people are not wearing masks,” she said.
The General Secretary of the Ghana Medical Association who was also the show added that many Ghanaians flouted the rules of the safety protocols during the political season of campaigns. This further derailed the gains the country had made in the fight against the virus.
Dr Titus Beyou added that had 2020 not been an election year, Covid-19 would have been treated differently by the country’s health service.
“We took a good strategy; people saw their leaders doing what they are asking them to do and they were complying but we let our guard down when the political tempo went up and the people who were telling us to wear the face masks were themselves not wearing them and those who were asking the public to observe social distancing were themselves not doing so,” he said.