Ghana targets 42m vaccine doses as 316 schools report coronavirus cases
London, March 24, 2021 (AltAfrica)-Ghana is on course to secure 42 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines to achieve its target of 20 million vaccinated Ghanaians by the end of the year, according president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo
Nana Akufo-Addo said with the procurement of the vaccines, it is expected that the entire Ghanaian adult population would be vaccinated.
The President said this in his address at the 11th quadrennial delegates congress of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) today, Tuesday, 23 March 2021, at Ejisu in the Ashanti region on the theme: “75 years of TUC: Building stronger union in a challenging world of work”.
He said: “So far, nearly 500,000 persons have been vaccinated and the government is on course to procuring a total of 42 million vaccines to achieve the target of vaccinating 20 million Ghanaians by the end of the year. This will mean the entire adult population of our country would have been vaccinated by the end of the year.”
Ghana’s mass vaccination exercise against the coronavirus pandemic began Tuesday, 2 March 2021 with some 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines.
The ongoing exercise is taking place in 43 districts with high infection rates.
They include 25 in the Greater Accra Region, 16 in the Ashanti Region, and two in the Central Region.
The first batch of people who are being vaccinated includes healthcare workers, frontline security personnel, persons with underlying medical conditions, persons 60 years and above, and frontline members of the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.
On Monday, 1 March 2021 President Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and their wives led by example by becoming the first set of Ghanaians to take the Covid-19 vaccine.
Meanwhile, since schools reopened in January this year, a total of 316 of them have recorded cases of coronavirus with only one case of mortality coming out of them.
This is according to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.
“I think one of the important steps that has been taken is the opening of schools January and that also came with the issue of managing the protocols at the schools to ensure that the school does not become the breeding grounds of COVID
“So far, 316 schools have ever reported a case. Total number of cases reported in the schools is 1,920. North East region is the only region that has not reported any case in any school. One mortality was recorded among cases in the schools and the active cases of the schools stand at 220 from about 570 earlier,” he said