Covid-19: Mahama Demands Explanation On Data Discrepancies
For the sake of trust, former President John Mahama has asked Akufo-Addo government to ensure that the process of compiling data on the COVID-19 outbreak is transparent.
In a Facebook presentation on Thursday, 23 April 2020, the flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress, said: “Issues have been raised about the discrepancies in data on COVID-19 put out by the government. Some of these discussions have been led by the renowned Ghanaian pathologist and former Director of the Ghana Health Service, Prof Agyeman Badu Akosa.
“I urge the government to explain the sources and nature of the data and the discrepancies in the data because we need to build trust, transparency, and confidence in the process in the fight against the virus.”
He also called on Ghanaians to demand transparency and accountability in the disbursement of the COVID-19 trust fund created by the government to help finance activities relating to the fight against the pandemic.
Mr Mahama said the funds were contributed by the taxpayer, hence, due accountability must be rendered by the government.
“Let us all join hands in demanding accountability and transparency from the government in the management of the COVID-19 funds, after all these are public funds contributed by taxpayers.
“I am passionately appealing to the government to ensure a timely release of these funds to the institutions, health and non-heath, so that they can discharge their duties appropriately and according to plan.”