A youth advocacy group, Patriotic Youth Advocates (PYA), has observed that the intentions and the enormous amount of workload on the Minister of Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic bear testimony that he wants the best for the country.
That disposition, the group said, explained the frantic efforts the minister made in trying to procure Sputnik V vaccines for the country.
The group also said although the minister had abrogated the contract, he was also truthful and frank when he appeared before the Parliamentary probe into the procurement of vaccines because he had nothing sinister to hide.
In a statement issued in Accra jointly signed by the Spokespersons, Nana Akwasi Agyemang and Mr Kwadwo Asante, it noted that the health minister considered the health and safety of Ghanaians at a time when an increasing number of Ghanaians were getting infected, others dying with its precarious consequences on the economy.
It said in all his dealings with the Sheikh Maktoum group that produced the Sputnik V vaccine, the health minister was guided by the ethics of his office that is to secure the lives of Ghanaian citizens hence his bargaining for the least of the price for the drugs to the $19 arrived at.
All the decisions of the minister since the inception of the pandemic had been to protect the lives and livelihoods of the people of Ghana based on the best scientific advice, the group said.