Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia
Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia

“We are completely devastated at the report from the Ghana Health Service that 93 innocent Ghanaians have died over the past few weeks.”

Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia
Minister of Health, Alex Segbefia

PPP commend the Ghana Health Service for intensifying their monitoring activities, field investigations and supplying antibiotics to affected patients and indicated that government must provide adequate funding to ensure that the disease is controlled.

“We cannot continue to count the number of people killed by this disease on a daily basis and not act with any seriousness.”

In a press release copied to News Ghana, PPP said, President Mahama should not give the people of Ghana reason to believe that he does not care about the lives of the people.

“We are therefore demanding that the Minister of Health must work with a sense of urgency to ensure that no more lives are lost to this preventable disease. We are calling for the dismissal of the health minister if he does not resign after one more death is recorded.”

The party said, when the minister appeared before parliament to explain his plans to secure lives in the affected regions, he was engaged in operational definitions of epidemiology and related scientific platitudes, asking that “How did he expect those definitions to stop the spread of the disease? At that time we had recorded 83 deaths and this has jumped to 93. We prefer his resignation to the loss of the 94th person.”

The Minister, PPP said, has failed to save Ghanaian lives and he must resign if another person dies. After all, one life is far more precious and valuable than Ghc3.6million bus branding saga!

“Ghana must learn from best practices to ensure the safety of every Ghanaian. The Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in five Florida counties due to the Zika virus. This is a national health emergency issue and we cannot continue to pretend as if the disease is under control when on a daily basis we are losing Ghanaian lives.”

It called on Mr Alex Segbefia to stop the meningitis now or resign if he does not have the necessary capacity to curb the menace.



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