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Ghanaians applaud government’s response to COVID-19 but say pandemic response funds were lost to corruption

25 Jan 2023 Guinea
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Key findings
  • As of April 2022, about a quarter (26%) of Ghanaians said a member of their household had lost a job, business, or primary source of income due to the pandemic, while 2% reported that someone in their household had become ill with COVID-19 or tested positive for the virus (Figure 1).
  • Overall, three-fourths (76%) of Ghanaians said the government had performed “fairly well” or “very well” in managing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic (Figure 2).
  • Only two in 10 Ghanaians (20%) reported that their household had received COVID- 19 relief assistance from the government, while 80% said they had not (Figure 4).
  • Only three in 10 citizens (31%) said that COVID-19 relief was distributed “somewhat fairly” or “very fairly,” while two-thirds (67%) said the distribution was unfair (Figure 5).
  • And more than seven in 10 (72%) believe that “some” (28%) or “a lot” (44%) of the resources intended for the COVID-19 response were lost to corruption (Figure 6).

A majority of Ghanaians say the government has performed well in managing the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but a similar proportion believe that some or a lot of funds intended for the pandemic response have been lost to corruption, the latest Afrobarometer survey shows.

In the April 2022 survey, a quarter of respondents reported that a member of their household had lost a job or primary source of income due to the pandemic.

Few Ghanaians reported that their household received pandemic-relief assistance from the government, while many said the distribution was unfair.