The Ranking Member on the Health Committee of the Parliament of Ghana, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh has cautioned the President Akufo Addo led NPP government to tread cautiously over its decision to withdraw the appointment of the new Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) based on partisan considerations.
The Ranking Member and the Member of Parliament for the Juaboso constituency issued out the warning in his reaction to news reports which speculated that the President has dismissed the new Director General, Baffour Awuah, who was appointed barely a month ago.
According to the reports, he was fired following a petition filed against him by a group of medical practitioners calling themselves ‘NPP Doctors’ who allegedly complained to the powers that be that, Mr. Barffour Awuah is not a known card bearing member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and therefore demanded his removal.
Addressing the issue in an interview with journalists at sidelines of sittings in Parliament on Wednesday, the Ranking Member on the Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, expressed his disappointment at the turn of events.
He indicated that, if indeed the information about the withdrawal of the appointment of the new Director General is true, then that decision would set a very bad precedence for the health sector.
“This will politicize the whole health sector; this will encourage a future NDC government to do same and the NDC elements in the health sector will also not sit down for a perceived NPP person to be appointed in the health sector. Ask yourself, is it good for our democracy; is it good for the health sector?
“What it means is that, it is gradually turning. It will get to a point where you will go to the hospital and someone would say that because you are NPP, go and look for an NPP medical doctor, an NPP nurse or an NPP midwife to come and take care of you. It is a dangerous precedence we are leaving behind,” he observed.
He called on the government to provide further and better particulars for the withdrawal of the appointment of Mr. Barffour Awuah in such a short period in order to prove that whatever decision has been taken has nothing to do with the petition filed by the so-called ‘NPP Doctors’.
According to him, the President and the NPP could be pardoned if they decide to do politics with any other sector but the health sector because diseases do not know party colors.
“At the time we are calling for the de-politicization of the health sector, the President has acted in this manner? Diseases do not know political colors; diseases do not know NDC or NPP members,” he stated.
Source: Clement Akoloh||africanewsradio.com