Ken Ofori-Atta in the US for medical treatment – Ghana government should find the “missing link”

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta

The people of Ghana, irrespective of their political colours should spare a moment and remember the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in their prayers as he under goes medical treatment in the United States.

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The trip was described in a statement from the Finance Ministry as “a specialist medical review” after suffering “medical complications” occasioned by COVID-19 which was diagnosed in December last year.

We urge the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to liase with his medical experts in Ghana to find the missing link as quickly as possible.

Why must Ken Ofori-Atta seek medical treatment in the United States? We are told his trip was necessary because the further medical interventions are “not currently available in Ghana.”

This is what we call the missing link: “”Further medical interventions not currently available in Ghana”. The question is, when will this type of medical intervention be available in Ghana?

Ghana can boast of highly qualified and dedicated medical specialists. What they are lacking is exactly this “medical interventions” not available in the country.

This so-called “medical interventions” all boils down to equipment and other medical gear.

Ken Ofori-Atta’s medical tourism abroad should galvanize the government, under President Akufo-Addo to get expert advice to be able to fill the hole; this “hole” of always flying prominent citizens abroad for medical care.

No country can afford the practice of always transporting their “prominent” citizens abroad for medical care. When do we also start transporting our farmers and fishermen, market women, children with congenital heart conditions, popularly called “hole-in-heart” overseas for medical treatment.

When politicians neglect their country’s health sector, it invariably affects them as well. A proper and well-functioning health sector is a plus for all citizens irrespective of their social or political standing in the country.

This should be a wake-up call for all in Ghana regarding the development and up-grading of the country’s health sector.

After more than six decades of independence, Ghanaians should be able to avail themselves of their own health facilities supervised by their own doctors who understand them better.

We wish Ken Ofori-Atta speedy recovery. Ken is a very good, humble person.

We also urge the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to do all in his power to fix the anomaly that necessitated Ken’s trip to the United State of America.