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The bad economic policies of the Akufo-Addo government has plunged Ghanaians into dire straits to the extent that this year’s Christmas will be the “driest” ever in Ghana’s history, former President John Mahama has said.

Addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on Monday, 17 December 2018 after filing his nomination to run for the biggest opposition party’s flag bearer race, Mr Mahama said: “I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year knowing fully well that most Ghanaian families are going to go through the driest Christmas I’ve ever experienced in the history of Ghana because you are going through excruciating economic difficulties”.

“We will continue to put pressure on this government to push back on their insensitive economic conditions even as we offer hope for better times under the new NDC administration, which, God willing, will assume office on 7 January 2021”, Mr Mahama said.

Mr Mahama, who is contesting seven other aspirants for the flag bearer slot of the party, also criticised the Akufo-Addo government for its decision to use drones to deliver medical essentials, especially to remote areas in the country.

“Instead of prioritising the needs of the health sector, the NPP government chose to acquire drones to fly blood”, he told the supporters at the International Trade Fair Centre in Accra.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) introduced the drone deal to help deliver blood and essential medicines across the country, especially to rural communities. The transaction was approved by parliament on Tuesday, 11 December 2018, after three failed attempts.

Apart from the Minority in Parliament, civil society group such as IMANI Africa, have also kicked against the deal.

The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) is also calling for the suspension of the implementation, and has urged that there be “broader stakeholder consultations on the use of this autonomous remotely piloted aircraft system (drones) in healthcare delivery in the country”.

In Mr Mahama’s view, “This has been roundly condemned by the Ghana Medical Association (GMA) and the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists”, adding that the government needs to execute the critical needs of the health sector first.


 
 
Source: 3news.com
 
 

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