President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has endured a lot of suffering at the Ministry.
Speaking amidst laughter, the President however acknowledged the Minister as one of the illustrious sons from the Bono Region who has served well in his administration.
Although the President did not specifically comment about the controversial Sputnik V Vaccine procurement deal, it appears his comment was in reference to that, considering that the Minister has taken a two-week leave from work amidst pressure on him to resign over the botched vaccine procurement deal.
The government appointee has received widespread condemnation after he publicly admitted breaching procurement processes while seeking to secure Sputnik V vaccines to inoculate Ghanaians against the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) which had affected thousands of Ghanaians and killed over 800 people.
Speaking in the Bono Region on Tuesday, August 10, 2021, during his two-day tour of the region, President Akufo-Addo said, “There are a lot of people from the Bono Region in my government; including the Minister of Health, who is currently receiving slaps [from Ghanaians]. He is an indigene of Dormaa. He has really suffered in that Health Ministry and is still suffering,” he said of he appointee while laughing together with dignitaries and others gathered at the venue.