Covid-19 app tracker launch: lets set our priorities right – Ablakwa cautions

Member of Parliament for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has admonished government to get it priorities right.

According to the Former Deputy Minister for communication under the erstwhile Mahama administration, the Akufo-Addo led administration could have announced the launch of the application when everything has put in it right place and the app is readily available.

“Government could have announced the existence of a COVID-19 tracker app when all is done and the app is readily available at one of its numerous Ministry of Information press briefings or presidential broadcasts which attract an even bigger audience, ” he said.

He believes it is uncesseary to be organizing fanfare and concerts at a crucial time like this where the deadly pandemic is claiming precious lives with increasing number of cases across the globe.

 

” This cannot be the time for great fanfare and concerts. It is an affront to our traditions, customs and sensibilities to be organizing concerts particularly in this period when there’s a surge in anxiety due to the fact that our COVID-19 case count has spiked with more deaths being recorded and many more battling for their lives.”

 

Below is this full statement:

The message a Government sends at a time like this is crucial. Government could have announced the existence of a COVID-19 tracker app when all is done and the app is readily available at one of its numerous Ministry of Information press briefings or presidential broadcasts which attract an even bigger audience.

This cannot be the time for great fanfare and concerts. It is an affront to our traditions, customs and sensibilities to be organizing concerts particularly in this period when there’s a surge in anxiety due to the fact that our COVID-19 case count has spiked with more deaths being recorded and many more battling for their lives.

If there’s anytime in our history which demands that we should be sombre, reflective, set our priorities right and be focused on the bare essentials – it is this hour.

May I plead that if our Government’s challenge is how to spend excess funds – Government could consider increasing funding for the scientists at Noguchi, WACCBIP and KCCR. They should also consider urgently recruiting the Coalition of Graduate Unemployed Allied Health Professionals who remain at home.

I bet the international community would be wondering if the Ghana Government just found a vaccine for COVID-19.