If vaccines were “borrowed” so what?

If vaccines were “borrowed” so what?

● Some childhood vaccines were delivered recently

 Early this week, the Ministry of Health took delivery of some childhood vaccines which had been in short supply for nearly a month.

The shortage had prompted anxi­ety among parents and health work­ers who feared it could result in the outbreak of childhood disease like measles, if the young ones were not inoculated in time.

Luckily, there was an intervention with the arrival of some vaccines which the officials assured that they were enough to last six weeks, there­fore, parents should not rush for the vaccines.

Following the supply of the vac­cines, the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Mr Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa indicated that the consign­ments were “borrowed” from Nigeria and Cote D’ivore.

Making the so-called revelation in a Facebook post, he stated, among other things, that the government’s failure to admit that the vaccines were received from these neighbour­ing countries was a sign of ungratefulness.

I must say I respect Mr. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa but I do not find anything useful in his supposed investigations into the source of the vaccines which were procured recently.

Individuals or nations will face one form of challenge or the other, so what is the fuss about calling on a neighbour to provide assistance in times of challenges if they have the means? After all, what are neighbours for?

I guess Nigeria and Cote D’ivore had sought assistance from Ghana in the past so where lies the criticism if they decide to return a similar favour?

Our children did not have vaccines and if the government thought it prudent to procure them through any diplomatic means possible, should we not rather commend the effort?

I believe the sources of the vaccines should not matter, once they were meant to avert a potential health crisis.

Benjamin Adu-Gyamfi,


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