Kwesi Pratt, Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, has described as ‘unfair’ verbal attacks and criticisms hurled at Joyce Bawa Mogtari, over the weekend.
The Special Aide to former President John Mahama has been receiving flaks over her recent comment on COVID-19 recovery figures.
During the weekend, the Ghana Health Services (GHS) released its latest figures on the disease and it showed a total of 1,754 COVID-19 patients recovering from the disease in Ghana.
Although some have expressed relief over the development, others have expressed skepticism about it. This has generated debate, especially on social media.
Joyce Bawah Mogtari waded into the fray and wondered how 790 COVID-19 patients recovered overnight.
“How the hell did 790 more people recover overnight!!… We need to put these numbers to strict proof!!” she tweeted.
Ghana’s case count then was 5,638. Currently, the country’s Coronavirus case count has shot up to 5,918 from 5,735 on Tuesday morning.
This means 183 additional cases have been recorded.
Cooked Figures? Wish For Victims To Die?
Madam Mogtari’s comment has been described by some including members of the ruling government as unwholesome. Others have interpreted her comment to mean the politician is praying for patients to die instead of recuperate.
But Kwesi Pratt says she has been misconstrued.
According to him, Mogtari only sought to ‘question‘ the figures and not wish for people to die.
“We are being very unfair to the woman and it is deliberate…the fact that she does not believe in the figures; does it mean she is praying for people to die?” he queried while contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM‘s morning show ‘Kokrokoo‘.
Kwesi Pratt, while backing the Special Aide to the former president, also claimed that some of patients who have not fully recovered are oftentimes discharged and asked to continue treatment at home.
Asked of his source, he said he knows for a fact that “people are discharged who are not fully recovered…they are asked to go home to continue with their treatment; they have been discharged. It is possible to disagree on numbers without wishing people do die…people have a right to question figures; Ghana belongs to all of us and it is not the wish of anyone for the country to be destroyed.”