15.05.2020 Diaspora (USA)

Inhumane Treatment Of COVID-19 Isolated Patients: Who Will Speak For The Ghanaian?

By NDC Proforum – USA
Inhumane Treatment Of COVID-19 Isolated Patients: Who Will Speak For The Ghanaian?
LISTEN MAY 15, 2020

The NDC Proforum-USA is appalled by the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic back home and wishes to caution the government that it takes a collective and concerted human-centered approach to reduce the shock on Ghanaians. Despite the enormous funds available to the government for the management of the novel coronavirus which includes care for the infected, some patients in isolation are crying for help.

Our attention has been drawn to a news broadcast aired by Accra based Angel FM on May 11, 2020, where patients under isolation at a facility at Kosoa and being given treatment for the novel coronavirus are subjected to inhumane treatment. As professionals living abroad, the NDC Proforum-USA is monitoring events back home and wishes to prevail on the President to institute an immediate investigation into the allegations.

While we hail and recognize the enormous sacrifices of frontline professionals especially health workers currently managing the crises in Ghana, it is unacceptable for medications to be thrown to the patients to the point of some falling on the floor to be picked up by the patients for consumption.

The patients also recount that they are fed “tea leave” in the morning and their ‘pale’ lunch is severed by 2:30pm; the feeding according to them is poor. The unfolding events in the isolation centers show a clear case of mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic where infected citizens may feel ‘cursed’ and resist to undergo proper care at the isolation centers.

The Proforum-USA fully backs our party caucus in parliament’s insistence that claims by NAMO of spending GHC 2 million daily to feed the vulnerable during the lockdown is rigorously investigated. The allegations emanating from the isolation centers, also supports a pressing need for the government to ensure a high level of accountability with the funds and donations received towards the fight against COVID-19. Citizens receiving treatment deserve some comfort and spared the trauma they are going through.

We wish to prevail on the Nana Addo government to spare Ghanaian lives while he leaves office. The past three years have been very tough for citizens with our beloved homeland at heart; the President should thus heed to guided counsel to clear the mess on his trail. Ghanaians should wake up and speak for freedom and humane treatment.

The Proforum-USA further enjoins all back home in Ghana to take their destinies into their own hands and strictly adhere to the prescribed measures to avoid infection and speeding up healing for the infected.

God bless our homeland Ghana and help us to survive Covid-19.


Arnold Appiah


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