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Kwaku Antwi-Boasiako: Joyce Bawah Mogtari’s one particular harmless submit with many unsafe implications?

Over the weekend, Joyce Bawah Mogtari, Distinctive Aide to President John Mahama, came below intense criticism and endured particular assaults for tweeting the adhering to information on Saturday, May well 16: “How the hell did 790 extra people get better overnight!! We want to place these figures to rigorous evidence!!” Her tweet followed Ghana Health Assistance COVID-19 update on Friday, Could 15th, which indicated a overall of 1,754 recoveries.

Allow me say from the outset that, as a Ghanaian and Unique Aide to President John Mahama, Mrs Bawah Mogtari is entitled to her liberty of speech assured by the 1992 Constitution. You may well disagree with what she tweeted, but no a person has the right to assault her individual or verbally abuse her. I, thus, condemn in no uncertain terms the own attacks and insults directed at Mrs Mogtari for her tweet on Saturday.

With regards to her tweet, on the other hand, MrsBawah Mogtari could have carried out improved. She is not just a lawyer and a previous Deputy Minister of Transport, but also, a lot more importantly, she is a Particular Aide to President John Mahama. She speaks for the former President. Her community remarks are meant to reflect the thinking and personality of the previous President.

Provided that we are in an election 12 months and the combat against COVID-19 is progressively becoming political, Mrs Mogtari would know that her tweet was tinged with political undertones. As a politician in her own right, she would have anticipated some response possibly instantly from governing administration or supporters of the ruling social gathering, at the quite the very least. But then, what was erroneous with what Mrs Mogtari tweeted?

First, as a Exclusive Aide to President Mahama, Mrs Mogtari requirements to spend focus to the science and conversation all around COVID-19 so that when she has to comment, she does so from an informed place. Just before persons contaminated by COVID-19 are declared recovered, they ought to exam damaging for the virus, as needed by protocols in numerous countries. In Ghana, the protocol used is that contaminated individuals ought to check detrimental on two consecutive situations.

Governing administration, by the Ministry of Data briefings, has been describing this protocol for numerous months now. The Info Minister had said on a lot of instances that numerous individuals who had been infected were awaiting results of their 2nd exams and at the time those people tests arrived back again unfavorable, those people people would be declared recovered. If Mrs Mogtari experienced been spending attention to the science and the interaction, she would not have been surprised that the final results of 790 folks were being posted “overnight” as recovered. Intellect you, the folks did not get well right away restoration from COVID-19 does not get area overnight and

Ghana Overall health Company or Authorities has under no circumstances stated men and women recuperate right away. The publication of the selection of men and women who have recovered, simply signifies those people individuals recovered some time ago and the outcomes of their second checks arrived back again unfavorable. As a Special Aide to President Mahama, Mrs. Mogtari wants to understand this and be equipped to converse exact to her audience.

What is most worrying about her submit however, is its destructive impact on an already-stressing amount of stigmatization of folks who have recovered from COVID-19. For occasion, previously this month, Pleasure FM’s Kojo Yankson documented from a community in the Upper East Location the place an 8-year recounted how she was attacked with stones by other small children in the neighborhood for staying the kid of a recovered COVID 19 affected individual.

Let me talk to Mrs Mogtari, assuming this recovered affected individual was a recognised NDC supporter bundled in the 790 posted by the Ghana Health and fitness Services, and individuals in her community doubted she experienced actually recovered and needed to put her recovery to “strict proof”, would Mrs Mogtari not take into account that political harassment of an NDC supporter or would she settle for that men and women only are adhering to her assistance to subject matter Ghana Overall health Provider recoveries info to rigorous evidence? How does her tweet assist to struggle against COVID-19 stigmatization?

Put otherwise, how does Mrs Mogtari not notice that her tweet is heading to feed into the stigmatization of recovered COVID-19 clients? The only reason people consider to shun recovered patients is due to the fact they really do not consider the men and women have in fact recovered from the Coronavirus and fear they may possibly deal the virus from such folks.

How does Mrs Mogtari propose to recovered patients to be able to verify to persons in their communities that they have indeed recovered from COVID-19? How did Mrs Mogtari and other Ghanaians get to know persons were being infected by COVID-19? Is it not as a result of the take a look at success published by the exact same Ghana Health and fitness Support by means of its updates?

So how does Mrs Mogtari take the confirmed scenarios and President Mahama is ready to use that data to accuse federal government of failing to control the distribute of the Coronavirus, but when the exact same Ghana Well being Service publishes recoveries facts, that data will have to be subjected to stringent evidence? Or was she merely performing politics for the sake of politics?

Kwaku Antwi-Boasiako, Accra
Could 18, 2020

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