In their article titled Government Preparedness Towards Ebola and Covid-19 Health Crisis in Ghana, Antwi-Boasiako and Asamoah-Gyadu compare the preparedness of the Government of Ghana in dealing with the Ebola and Covid-19 crises.
Ghana, a country in West Africa, has experienced many public health crises including cholera and meningitis. In particular, the country encountered two major health crises – Ebola, an epidemic which was widespread across the sub-region between 2013 – 2016, and Covid-19, the global pandemic between 2020 – 2023.
Using secondary data from government reports and published literature, they found that the Ghanian government was prepared for Ebola and Covid-19, especially in terms of training healthcare workers, introducing health infrastructure, public engagement and political decisions that were made to fight both crises. Their study on Ghana’s responses reaffirms the analytical framework that ‘history matters’ in the policy process in terms of preparedness towards crises.
Below left: Joseph Antwi-Boasiako and Griselda Asamoah-Gyadu
Below right: Vaccines being administered in Ghana