The Central Region Health Branch deplores the refusal of area residents to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination.
According to the Ghana Health Service, many of those who refuse the shots tell them that COVID-19 is no longer prevalent, so they see no need to take the shots.
Speaking at a press conference in Cape Coast, Central Regional Director of Health Services Dr Akosua Sarpong appealed for media support to help highlight the need for all to be vaccinated so that the country get herd immunity.
The central region has made progress in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and several efforts have been made by the Ghana Health Service in the region to reduce the disease burden to a bare minimum. The Center region, so far, has recorded 5,820 cases, with some deaths. Currently, he has no active cases.
The roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines, as an effective measure to deal with the pandemic, began in phases in the Region, with the first vaccinations carried out in high-risk and high-population areas and eventually scaled up.
But the regional director of health services, Dr Akosua Sarpong, says there is a section of the population in the region who have concluded that COVID-19 is no longer prevalent, so measures like washing exercises hands were reduced and, in some places, completely stopped because of the misconception.
Dr Akosua Sarpong is therefore seeking support from the media and well-meaning Ghanaians to help the Region achieve herd immunity.
“There are vaccines in all our points of sale. Just come in to get vaccinated. We have made an effort to reach everyone through the media and other information hubs in our communities, and we want more of your support to achieve herd immunity,” she said.
“Ghana Health Service wants the handwashing practices that have supported the fight against COVID-19 to be continued for the prevention of diseases other than COVID-19,” insisted Dr Akosua Sarpong.