December has been designated as “Vaccination Month” by the Ghana Health Service.
Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), revealed this at a news conference on Sunday, November 28, 2021.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye stated at the press conference that the country will get approximately 7 million Covid-19 vaccines before the end of the year.
“We are calling December the month of immunization,” he stated, citing the rising availability of vaccinations in realistic amounts in the pipeline.
He noted that the Service has increased its actions aimed at bringing the situation under control due to an expected uptick in active cases following the Christmas holidays.
“Right now, what we’re doing is delivering immunizations to the population.” We’re going to schools, businesses, churches, mosques, lorry parks, market areas, sports stadiums, and house to home to vaccinate people,” he stated.
“Surveillance will be increased, contact tracing will be improved, religious institutions will be enlisted to guarantee that the procedures are followed at all functions, and we’ll collaborate with security institutions to ensure that the protocols are followed,” he said.
In terms of the number of people who have been vaccinated so far, he said that 21% of the expected population (i.e. the government’s target of vaccinating 20 million people by the end of 2021) has received at least one dose of the vaccines, with 7% of the expected population having been fully vaccinated.
He further stated that, while the number of instances in the country has decreased significantly, rigorous adherence to safety standards is still required.
According to him, 1,980,369 tests have been performed thus far. “A total of 131,082 instances have been confirmed, with 713 active cases and 1,220 fatalities documented. There are still 22 severe cases and 0 critical states,” says the report.