- According to President Nana Akufo-Addo, over 17million vaccine doses are expected into the country by June
- This comes as active cases in the country keep rising
- The administration aims to vaccinate the entire population, with an initial target of twenty million people
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Haruna Iddrisu, the leader of the minority group in Parliament has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to expedite moves to procure the COVID-19 vaccines.
Ghana is set to procure her first consignment of the COVID vaccines within the first half of this year, President Akufo-Addo stated.
Since then, a lot of work is ongoing towards the realisation of this.
The administration aims to vaccinate the entire population, with an initial target of twenty million people.
By the end of June 17.6 million vaccine doses would have been procured for the Ghanaian people, Akufo-Addo noted.
The Tamale South lawmaker, however, found the June timeline set for the procurement of the vaccines “too far.”
“I personally think that June is too far. Ghana ought to double our steps, and the President must provide the needed leadership,” Iddrisu said on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
He further advised the president to go beyond the rhetoric of Sunday broadcasts, and that what Ghanaians want to hear is when the vaccine is coming.
Meanwhile, at least five nurses and midwives have died from the complications related to COVID-19 since the outbreak in the country.
Ghana recorded its first case of the virus on March 12, 2020, from two people who arrived in the country—a Ghanaian and a Norwegian national.
Over 800 nurses and midwives also tested positive for the virus, the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association (GRNMA) stated.
“I can confirm that we have lost two midwives and three nurses,” the GRNMA’s General Secretary, David Tenkorang-Twum said on Monday, February 1, 2021.
Speaking in an interview with Accra-based Starr FM monitored by YEN.com.gh, Tenkorang-Twum added: “As of August last year, 840 of our people got infected but they have recovered and returned to work. It’s becoming overwhelming.”
Ghana has since the inception of January witnessed an astronomical surge in case count. Active cases stand at 5,358.
So far, 416 people have died from the deadly contagion with 170 and 44 persons in severe and critical conditions respectively.
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