- Ghana had taken delivery of 600, 000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday
- The country has had over 80,000 cases of the virus with over 500 deaths
- The ongoing strike at the Airport has affected the delivery of syringes for the vaccination
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The strike by workers of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) on Friday affected the delivery of COVID-19 vaccine syringes, as the country prepares to begin mass vaccination on March 2, 2021, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
Ghana took delivery of some 600,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, as part of the UN-led COVAX Facility.
The doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India (AZ/SII) arrived at the Kotoka International Airport on an Emirates Airlines cargo, EK787.
The government of Ghana aims at vaccinating some 20 million Ghanaians.
Officials of the Health Commodity Group of COVID-19 reportedly struggled to gain access to the Airport to take delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine syringes and other essential accessories.
“Contrary to what the workers are saying that they are not interrupting essential services like COVID-19 activities, that’s not true,” the chairman of the Health Commodity Group of COVID-19, Mathew Kyeremeh said in an interview monitored on Accra-based Asaase Radio.
“We went to Gate 3 which we normally use to the tarmac, it was locked, we went to Gate 9 which was also locked,” he added.
On Thursday, the leadership of the workers at the Airport called for the withdrawal of some of their services in protest of alleged mismanagement by the Managing Director.
They accused the MD of mismanagement and abuse of office.
Meanwhile, the Appointments Committee of Parliament finally received an explanation regarding the controversies surrounding the selection of the company conducting the COVID-19 test at the Kotoka International Airport.
Kweku Ofori Asiamah’s attempt to put to rest the raging controversies surrounding the selection of Frontier Healthcare Solution Services Limited on Tuesday, February 23, came after four key officials in the president’s first term distanced themselves from the contract.
The government of Ghana engaged Frontier Healthcare Solution Services Limited under emergency procurement to carry out rapid COVID-19 tests at the airport following the reopening of the facility to international passenger flights.
The company began its operations in the country without the necessary license.
Appearing before the Appointments Committee, Asiamah said the Ghana Airport Company Limited (GACL), which operates the KIA, only rented its space to Frontier Healthcare Services after the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) certified the equipment to be used by Frontier.
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