Lockdown lifting not backed by science? What is science then? – Noguchi boss quizzes

Lockdown lifting not backed by science? What is science then? – Noguchi boss quizzes

Director of Noguchi Medical Research, Professor Abraham Kwabena Annan

The Director of the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) says it will be easy for anyone to misjudge the President’s decision to lift the lockdown if he does not understand what science is.

Professor Abraham Kwabena Annan said ‘science’ is a “very heterogeneous discipline” made up of fields such as mathematical sciences, biological sciences, and social sciences, among others which all come into play in any decision-making process.

He was forthright that, if the question ‘what is science?’ is never asked, one will end up drawing the wrong conclusion on a particular matter.

“The challenge is when you begin to consider science as mathematics and only mathematics you will definitely have a problem,” he told Samson Lardy Anyenini on news analysis programme NEWSFILE Saturday.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been criticised by a section of Ghanaians for lifting the three-week lockdown in some four cities despite the rise in cases of infection.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has particularly claimed political considerations influenced the President’s decision and not scientific data.

But Professor Annan said it will be easy for anyone to say there was no science to the President’s decision if the extent of science has not been correctly defined.

“In my view from the understanding of science and basic disciplines the President is 100 per cent right,” the scientist said.

Reacting to the lifting of the lockdown, Professor H. Kwesi Prempeh said he was not surprised by the President’s decision.

“There is no science really to this…to when it is an appropriate time to lift or impose a lockdown,” he said.

He said it was evident from the government’s posture since the imposition of the lockdown that it was not going for the Indian style of lockdown.

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