It’s govt’s duty to correct COVID-19 misinformation–Gideon Boako

The Spokesperson for the Vice President, Dr Gideon Boako, has stated it is the duty of the government to correct any misinformation and misconception that has been disseminated on COVID-19 before it causes havoc to the nation.

“Former President John Mahama is a politician and has the right to do politics, we shouldn’t also forget that Nana Akufo-Addo and Dr Muhammadu Bawumia did not get to where they are because they were followers of a church or choir brigade,  they rode on the back of politics and they are seeking political mandate in this year’s elections.

“While the government is doing all the good things, it will not be right we force them to keep quiet when the opposition is destroying issues, else by the time you realise everything is destroyed, Dr Bawumia was right to do what he did because the National Democratic Congress flag bearer has politicised fight against the virus each time he held his Facebook Live sessions,” Dr Boako posited.

He pointed out that the government would not sit reserved for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to use propaganda to derail its efforts in the coronavirus (COVID-19) combat , since the country recorded cases of COVID-19, the party had been misinforming the citizenry about what government was doing so as to paint it black.

Dr Boako’s comments come after Dr Bawumia touted President Akufo-Addo’s management of the economy even in the face of Covid-19 pandemic which was in response to former President Mahama’s criticism of government’s handling of crisis including food distribution.

The Vice President’s statement however, has been criticised by the NDC and a section of the public particularly those on social media but defending Dr Bawumia, his spokesperson indicated that he was right to do what he did because members of NDC regularly use abusive words to attack the government but Dr Bawumia when responding to former President Mahama used facts to clarify agenda-driven issues of NDC.

On his part, John Jinapor, the Member of Parliament for Yapei-Kusawgu in the Savannah Region, said Dr Bawumia’s comparison of COVID-19 to ‘dumsor’ was unnecessary and explained that during the energy crisis under Mahama-led administration, the economy grew at a steady pace, however, International Monetary Fund had projected Ghana’s ‘robust’ economy would only grow 1.5 per cent due to COVID-19.

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