Ghana’s role as a major player in Africa in the effective management of Covid-19 cannot be denied by any decent person, group or organisation.
From tracing and testing through treatment and social support up to vaccination, Ghana’s record of performance is acclaimed.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) as well as the Africa Heads of Health Ministers and other bodies involved in managing the pandemic have all admitted that Ghana has done its modest bit on several fronts in helping manage the pandemic and keeping the business of governance and the economy alive.
As we would also admit, so plausible has been the effort that other ministers and nations in Africa have tried to emulate our strategies in managing the pandemic.
Expressing dissatisfaction with processes or initiatives as delicate and serious as a global collaborative effort at fighting a pandemic must certainly take a credible professional acumen, particularly when we need to cite a scientific authority to sound credible.
It is a huge task when the conversation or complaint and protest target global wisdom and authority. Of course, that is not to say that a minority cannot be right or credible.
In the opinion of the Daily Statesman, while there may be some concerns, including efficacy and potency levels, vaccination as a means of managing pandemics has not so far been scientifically repudiated.
Indeed, when we decided at global levels to fight polio and a couple of other diseases through vaccinations, we admitted universally that while it could not be 100 per cent successful, it nonetheless saved hundreds of millions of lives.
As reported by the media, the concerns from the ‘concerned doctors’, just like the propagandists, lay in the ‘safety’ of the vaccines and reactions by some people to some of the vaccines.
No other option
Considering that the COVID-19 management bodies comprise an array of experts from various credible institutions, we believe a daily monitoring of the exercise will certainly bring out issues they should be capable of dealing with.
That is how the processes work everywhere, and we believe the ‘Concerned Ghanaian Doctors Association’ should be aware of these processes.
While we have no problem per se with any concerns, especially if they are based on empirical evidence, we may safely agree with the Ghana Medical Association that vaccination is the best option we have at the moment.
The dissenting doctors would admit that a pandemic is a serious and critical issue by any standards. The bottom line is how committed we collectively position ourselves in fighting it.
So, according to our experts on the ground, we are in good company for now till scientific data to the contrary churn out some quite different stuff to push the global community into a different direction in fighting the pandemic.
Until then, we all need to support the ongoing efforts at vaccinating our people, as that is among the surest ways to contain the pandemic.