Central region

GHS seeks media and community support to achieve vaccination target in Central Region

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is seeking media and community support to advocate for vaccination against COVID-19 as some communities in the region are refusing vaccination.

Deputy Director of Health Services for Central Region Public Health, Dr Kwabena Sarpong, says while some attribute their refusal to biblical reasons, others will simply decline for personal reasons.

At a press conference in Cape Coast, Dr Sarpong called on the media, opinion leaders and the clergy to support the Ghana Health Service in achieving the Covid-19 vaccination target of vaccinating twenty million Ghanaian citizens by the end of December 2021.

The Center region recorded its first case of COVID-19 on April 8, 2020. As of December 7, a total of 4,907 cases have been recorded since the outbreak of the pandemic. 98% of recorded cases, according to the GHS, have fully recovered from COVID-19. At last count, the total number of deaths stood at 31.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the region has no active cases in any of the districts in the region.

Central Regional Director of Health, Dr Akosua Owusu-Sarpong

Dr Sarpong says the vaccination exercise is ongoing but some communities in the area do not want to be vaccinated.

“We have noted a few communities that are hesitant to get vaccinated. What we have done is we have stepped up education and awareness in these communities and we are sure that they would take the vaccines,” he said.

He said the service is still embarking on education and outreach to help them through and wants opinion leaders, the media and other well-meaning members of these communities to support them.

“We need the support of the media, opinion leaders, religious people and everyone who matters to join our effort to reach the vaccination goal. Getting vaccinated is one of the surest ways to control the virus. He pleaded

Central Regional Director of Health, Dr Akosua Owusu-Sarpong, said that although the region has so far vaccinated more than four hundred thousand people, it is far from the estimated target of one million seven hundred thousand. .

The health directorate explains that there are several awareness programs such as visits to shopping malls, truck stations, churches, mosques and door-to-door to intensify vaccination.

Dr. Akosua Sarpong assures that there are enough vaccines in the various health facilities and urged the media to educate and encourage the public to get vaccinated.