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UE: More than 263,000 people to be vaccinated in 5 days – GHS

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The Upper East Regional Health Directorate has intimated that while the region fell short of its 830,093 COVID-19 vaccination target by over 432,000, the Vaccination Campaign launched and implemented December last year, played a key role in drawing the attention of the public to the need to vaccinate.

Currently, some 141,562 persons have been fully vaccinated against the disease while 301,660 persons have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, the Deputy Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Josephat Nyuzaghl said there were significant gains in the area of vaccination that were made in December adding that that “we are happy that at least, the Minister of Health declared December as vaccination month. This means that when we are able to mobilize resources, stakeholders and are able to get them involved to create the needed awareness, we can reach out to as many people as possible”.

To further the gains made and help the country reach its 20 million vaccinated population target, 5 five day campaign has been launched across the country. According to the GHS, periodic intensification of immunisation exercises has been known to work. The Service envisages that if the target of 20 million Ghanaians is reached, the restrictions of movement would be eased further to allow for economic growth.

The campaign which began on February 2, 2022 will end on February 6, 2022. According to Mr. Nyuzaghl some 263,061 people are expected to be reached in the coming days. He told A1 Radio that all logistics needed for the exercise have been made ready to undertake the exercise in the region.

The Deputy Director of Health Services indicated that 250,703 doses of vaccines are available in the region for use.

Meanwhile, the Ghana Health Service has given the strongest indication that cases of COVID-19 are gradually on the decrease. As of January 30, 2022, the region has 11 active cases of the disease. 10 of the cases are being managed at home while 1 is being managed at the hospital. 3 of the active cases are in the Bolgatanga Municipality, 7 of the cases are in the Kassena Nanka West District while the remaining 1 is in the Kassena Nankana District.

Cumulatively, the Upper East Region has recorded 1,730 COVID-19 cases with 61 deaths with a Recovery of Discharge Rate of 95.8 percent; that is, 1,658 of the 1,730 cases.

A1radioonline.com|101.1MHZ|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith| Ghana|

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