43,400 residents in the Bolgatanga Municipality of the Upper East Region have taken at least a single shot of the COVID-19 vaccines. The figure represents 42 percent of the 82 thousand target set by the Municipal Health Directorate.
Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, the Bolgatanga Municipal Director of Health Edmund Mohammed Nyanruwah explained that the efforts of residents in Bolgatanga to ensuring that they are vaccinated are commendable.
Mr. Nyanruwah explained that while the Directorate failed to reach its December 2021 target, there are indications that the 82 thousand vaccinated population target will be reached by the end of January 2022.
“In fact, the target was given to us to complete by December, 2021, but where we have gotten to with the availability of vaccines, we hope to by the end of this January we could be hitting toward our target,” he explained.
Mr. Nyanruwah encouraged the public to avail themselves for the vaccines explaining that the vaccines are available and safe for public use. He said while a few cases of side effects have been recorded, they have been mild and non-threatening.
The Municipal Health Director explained that the rise in cases across the country is expected because of the cold weather coupled with the continuous populated interactions during the festive period.
He cautioned that should residents across the country fail to adhere to the protocols that have been instituted, the country could be overwhelmed with the COVID-19 disease as the 4th wave rages on.
Touching on preventing non-vaccinated persons from accessing public buildings, Mr. Nyanwurah said while the national policy may not have kicked in yet in the Upper East Region, residents will be soon asked to provide proof of vaccination before being allowed to access public buildings.
The Bolgatanga Municipality currently has 30 active cases of the COVID-19.
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