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UW: We will deal with health workers who refuse COVID-19 vaccinations – Health Director

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The Upper West Regional Director of Health Service, Dr. Damien Punguyire has given a strong indication that vaccination against the COVID-19 for health professionals will soon become mandatory. He said this decision has been reached because of the refusal of some health professionals to vaccinate themselves against the disease. He said even more worrying is the fact that some health professionals go the extra mile to discourage ordinary citizens who want to get vaccinated.

Dr. Punguyire responding to questions asked by the host of A1 Radio’s Day Break East Show about the refusal of some health practitioners to participate in the exercise described such health professionals as a serious danger to themselves and the people they treat. “There are reported instances where some health workers are not taking the vaccine and go on to be discouraging people and that is very unfortunate. What we are doing as a service is to ensure that all such workers are vaccinated. They are very dangerous to themselves and the people that they treat,” he disclosed.

He continued to say that “if you are a health worker and you are not vaccinated, in a time to come, you will not be allowed into any workshop or any gathering the health service is organising. Everyone will be required to show his or her card, [vaccination card] before you are admitted to the training and or capacity-building programmes”.

Dr. Punguyire mentioned that the Upper West Region currently has no active case. Meanwhile, some 700 persons, cumulatively, have recorded cases of COVID-19. The Regional Director of Health Services encouraged the public to be mindful and be committed to reducing the spread of the disease.|101.1MHz| Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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