The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye has disclosed that the country has received about 956,000 AstraZeneca vaccines so far.
He said out of this number, his outfit has given out the first dose as it started on March 2, 2021 and has so far given nearly 850,00 people their first jabs.
“The first phase was the first segmentation where we had over 60,000 doses for those with the security services that is the armed of government etc. were all vaccinated. We have also received 315,000 from the MTN foundation through the AU and that has currently been done with.” he said.
The DG also disclosed that nearly all the health workers across the country have received their first jabs of the vaccine.
“I will say it has been completed, that is for those (health workers) who are available to be vaccinated. But of course, some are on leave and as we continue, we will continue vaccinating just like we are doing.” he added.
Dr. Kuma-Aboagye further refuted claims that the vaccination exercise has been halted, but said his outfit was rather working very hard to bring in more of the Oxford AstraZeneca doses of the vaccine to beef up stock as they wait for the second dose.
“Our vaccination has not stopped. We have other options like Sputnik V that will come in very soon and we are currently preparing to train on that. Every vaccine has its mode of deployment and so we need to do that. We are currently doing an orientation on which we will be able to look at that.
I am very confident that, based on the bilateral arrangement that is currently going on, including COVAX vaccines, we will be able to start not just the second, but also be able to give more people their first dose.” he assured.
The DG further explained that his outfit’s plan was not to stop the vaccinations, but will continue as and when the vaccines arrive in the country and are ready for use.
He also indicated that, the GHS will continue to deploy till they meet their specified target.
“I think that will be very crucial as we have a significant number of who are yet to take their first jab.”
Despite the delay in the procurement of the vaccines, the health director gave the assurance that between May and June, the nation should be able to take delivery of some more vaccines.
According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in its latest update, 84 new COVID-19 cases have been reported while active cases stands at 1,414.
Out of the 91,260 Ghanaians who have been infected by the virus so far, 89,092 have recovered/discharged from health facilities. 2 more deaths have also been recorded moving the total count from 752 to 754.