Election 2016 Voters deserve to know Presidential candidates health - Arthur K

“I believe that each President should have an annual exam done jointly by his physician and another designated by the chief physician of 37 Military hospital. After this, the two shall issue a statement affirming that the President is in good health or otherwise," Arthur Kennedy said in a statement.

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A leading member of the New Patriotic Party, Dr Arthur Kobina Kennedy has backed calls by some sections of the general public for the health status of presidential candidates to be checked ahead of elections.

“As a nation which has suffered a Presidential death, we need to ensure that while we trust Presidents when they claim to be in good health, we verify that in fact they are in good health.

“This must apply to Presidential candidates as well. For the avoidance of doubt, I do not wish to imply that one needs to be in perfect health to be President.

“I believe that each President should have an annual exam done jointly by his physician and another designated by the chief physician of 37 Military hospital. After this, the two shall issue a statement affirming that the President is in good health or otherwise.

“This same procedure can be modified for Presidential candidates. Within a month of filing their nomination papers, they must have an exam by a Ghanaian physician who shall affirm that the candidate is of sound physical, mental and social health and fit for the rigours of the Presidency. Neither of these should involve making the medical records public,” the NPP stalwart wrote on his Facebook wall.

READ ALSO: Mahama would only get his 3rd term if I'm sick or dead - Nana Addo

His comments come on the back of a publication in Monday’s edition of Africa Watch magazine claiming that the flagbearer of the NPP, Akufo-Addo, had been diagnosed with cancer, acute kidney injury among other ailments since 2013.

But the NPP flag bearer has since denied those claims, saying the “cancer propaganda” will not work.

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