Best known broadcaster Nana Aba Anamoah reports that bribes were taken by
some health practitioners in the country to adjust the outcome of coronavirus tests.
There have been debates on social media in the wake of the increase in
Ghana’s cases on why the country seems to be losing the war against the virus.
Nana Aba Anamoah in a post sighted by GhanaWeb replied to a comment by one of her followers, alleging that some health professionals charge GH 500 to adjust test results from positive to negative.
“Sister, some of our individuals charge 500 cedis to turn a positive outcome into a negative one,” she wrote on Twitter.
In the campaigning time, she also accused the Ghana Health Service and Ghana Medical Association of bowing to pressure from the political class.
She added that the government’s arguments that political actions can not be blamed for the upsurge in cases were laughed at by practitioners with whom she interacted.
“Ghana Health Service, Ghana Medical Association, etc. pandered to the whims of politicians during the campaigning season and remembered medicine & science only after the elections.”
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo warned in his 22nd address on the virus that laboratories that have failed to supply real-time data on the tests they perform will be dealt with under the law.
‘Government is stepping up its 3 Ts enhanced strategy, i.e. tracing, testing
and treating, to help us to locate, isolate and treat infected persons. A large number of contact tracers are being mobilized to monitor the contacts of all those who test positive.
Both public and private laboratories shall include, in real-time, data on all
persons checked on the shared platform set up by the Ghana Health Service. Sanctions against laboratories that refuse to comply would be enforced.
“We also provided the Ghana Health Service with additional logistics, including vehicles, for supervision and monitoring of asymptomatic cases managed from home,” he said.