Bus passengers sanitize their hands in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, March 14, 2020. Rwanda on Saturday registered its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ministry of health said here. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)
Bus passengers sanitize their hands in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda, March 14, 2020. Rwanda on Saturday registered its first case of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the ministry of health said here. (Xinhua/Cyril Ndegeya)

The novel coronavirus pandemic has hit hard on nations that once claimed superiority in all things. From high medical standards to near-perfect systems, these so-called powerful states have been sent into a state of shock at the way this little virus has brought them to their knees.

The havoc caused by this virus is probably unprecedented in human history, as nation-states for the first time, not even witnessed in the first and second world wars, shut and lock down their countries in a bid to combat this deadly virus. But it is not the mere conspicuous revelations of this interesting phenomenon. What is worthy of note is the state of all that human beings once held in high esteem and would have gone the ends of the world, even at the peril of their lives to defend.

One of such luxuries exposed by this novel virus is money. Money, they say makes the world go around. But that statement has been redefined by the novel coronavirus indeed is what is making the world go around now. Even the richest are not left out as they have been scared to the bones at the name of this virus. What is worthy of note is that the once-powerful rich men and women who would have readily escaped their countries to find superior health care and safety have been locked in their original desolate and poverty-stricken places for the first time.

This is the story of the African politician. A corrupt rich leader who cares less about the rotten and forgettingly weak systems they oversee, because they have the luxury of flying out of the crumpled systems they supervise for better attention elsewhere while the rest of the masses are left to the fate of the prevailing circumstances.

Today the story has changed because not even the richest can afford the best medical attention or antidote to this coronavirus. Each man, rich or poor has been told to keep his peace and deal with the situation as they best will or can. Now the reality has been set in motion. African leaders have been left confused, as they struggle to over nightly turn their fortunes around so that at least, should the novel virus lay its icy hands on them, they may be assured of some good health care.

If this virus has taught any lesson at all, it is a reminder that each country needs to fix its problems. And that, one’s riches is meaningless unless it benefits the larger society. For what use are one’s riches, if he can use his riches to protect himself but a poor man, unable to do the same carries and infects him with the virus at the end of the day?
This virus has also taught African leaders a great lesson now that they have been trapped with the failed systems they have created and supervised over the years. That time is coming, and it is now, that all countries and leaders will be required to keep their peace and make use of what they have been able to create for themselves.

Of course, the reality is clear, the African leader has not created a system that can support him in times like these. For the first time, having millions doesn’t matter. The fundamentals have been exposed and the world is watching who can find their way through the same systems they have been able to create for themselves.

Ghana’s government and the health system have not seen a different story since the nation recorded its first case of the Covid-19.

Having made the above assertion, it will be relevant that we look critically at the challenges that will confront Ghana’s health system if not now.

Presidential Adviser on Health, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare has in recent addresses announced that the Government is working towards having at least 15 centres across the country to test everyone who has come into contact with a COVID-19 patient.

He further stated that the centres would have a combined capacity of testing 200,000 samples. At present, tests are conducted at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research in the Greater Accra Region and the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in the Ashanti Region

This announcement which was affirmed by the President in his third address to the nation has generated a lot of arguments.

Some experts have made contributions to this great revelation as a step in the right direction but the real difficulty is how to get the equipment for calibration to convert ACR machines in some of the health facilities would be calibrated for testing the virus.

This has become a challenge because most of these machines and equipment are largely imported into the country from countries who have rather been hit hard by the pandemic.
Countries like the United States of America and China who manufacture most of these equipments are in tough competition to record the highest testing possible on their citizens in the quest to control and fight the global pandemic. This has resulted in high demand for the equipment in their host countries. Moreover, most developing nations are demanding the same equipment already in high demand. This explains the challenge that confronts Ghana in her bid to upgrade her health centers to fight the Covid-19 pandemic and to give health care to her citizens.

Today, not enough of your resources at the negotiation table means you will have the best for your people but how best you have equipped your health sector when you had the privilege to do so. Indeed the pandemic has exposed the devastating loopholes in our health care system as a continent and as a country.

The entire continent of Africa has no Investment made into the manufacturing of medical equipment not to mention the sub-region within which our dear country belongs. Our leadership hasn’t been proactive and have disappointed their citizens as we struggle to survive the pandemic.

Even with Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), the nation saw it important to produce it’s own after the nation was struck by the pandemic.

This shows that local industries could have built the Ghanaian economy if more Investment was made on them rather we downplayed our manpower and imported heavily to build other economies.

May God help our homeland Ghana and make us great and strong to fight not just the Coronavirus but to any challenge thereafter.

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