Ghana’s incumbent finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta has said he realized the need for investment in the country’s health infrastructure during his five-week hospitalization in the US.
Addressing the Festschrift in honor of Rev. Prof. J. Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu, President of the Trinity Theological Seminary in Accra, Mr Ofori-Atta confessed:
“In my five weeks at the Mayo Clinic where they have three shields; faith, hope and science, I came to really understand the nexus between finance and health, and the need for us as a country to be bold about our health infrastructure and our ministry finding every way to be able to fund that, so we protect our citizens.”
On Valentine’s Day this year, the Ministry of Finance issued a statement to inform the general public and stakeholders that Mr Ofori-Atta, who was, at the time, the representative of the President at the Ministry of Finance and Minister-designate for Finance, was to travel to the United States of America today for “a special medical review”.
The statement said after recovering from COVID-19 last December, Mr Ofori-Atta had medical complications which doctors advised, required further interventions not currently available in Ghana.
The complications delayed Mr Ofori-Atta’s vetting by Parliament’s Appointments Committee which became the talk of Ghana as NDC faithful thought it was a calculated attempt by Ken to skip vetting.