We have succeeded in electing leaders, but have failed to hold them accountable

We have succeeded in electing leaders, but have failed to hold them accountable

Executive Director and Head of Global Research at Global InfoAnalytics Mussa K. Dankwah has lamented the inability of Ghanaians to hold elected leaders accountable, lamenting that while Ghanaians have been successful in electing leaders, holding them accountable has declined .

Commenting on the death of a patient who was allegedly abandoned by authorities at Winneba Hospital in the bush, Mr Dankwah stated that one could never have imagined that such a thing could happen in Ghana given the modest progress in the country. He expressed sadness that no one resigned in the wake of the revelations.

Mr Dankwah revealed how he had to give up a more lucrative career in Britain to live and work in Ghana solely to contribute to its development. option to return to Britain.

“I have the choice to stay in Britain with my British passport and never return permanently, as many of my fellow countrymen have done. I could have earned over £100,000 a year if I hadn’t made the choice to return to Ghana in 2009, but I chose to come home to build this country and I don’t regret it had. I chose Ghana over the British passport to serve the Queen and now the King.

The journey will be long, but we are here for the long haul. I won’t be distracted by the swearing and insults, because I expected nothing less. In fact, I can tolerate much worse.

I have made a difference to the lives of many people through my contribution to public service, although not as a government official but through the private sector, and I continue to do so to this day. I didn’t have to wait for a government appointment to serve this country we all love.

Things are very difficult. I still have the option to leave and return to the United Kingdom, but I have chosen to stay there because we want this country to make progress in addressing our needs and challenges.

I saw the suffering that my own parents, especially my mother, endured in raising us, and when she was sick and could not afford medical care, even though Ghana was poor as we knew it then, in my wildest I don’t think by any stretch of the imagination that a hospital could throw her out because she couldn’t afford her care, even back when Ghana didn’t have a national insurance system and we weren’t a lower-middle-income country. Now that we have health insurance and have also achieved lower-middle-income country status, we are dumping people in the bush to die. “I am in no way downplaying the progress we have made in this sector, but that progress should have ensured that such cases would never occur,” he wrote.

For him, such events have their roots in politics.

‘What have the people of this country done to deserve this? I have been heartbroken since the story broke. I’ve been thinking, how could a government facility, funded by our taxes, do something like this to Ama Ghana’s daughter? There is something wrong with us that goes beyond politics, but whose roots can be traced back to politics. Yes, we have been successful in electing leaders, but accountability in governance has deteriorated.

We are destroying this country called Ghana…,” he added.

On June 13, 2024, an elderly female patient at Winneba Hospital was found to have died after being taken in an ambulance and left in a bush, leading to her death. The hospital received widespread condemnation for the alleged act. The medical director of the Winneba Trauma and Specialist Hospital has subsequently been asked to step aside before a committee set up by the Ministry of Health to investigate the matter.