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Disturbances in Bawku affecting vaccination efforts – GHS

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Residents in the Bolgatanga Municiaplity, Bolgatanga East District and the Bongo District have been appluaded by the Ghana Health Service for the remarkable uptake of the COVID-19 vaccines.

So far 92,636 persons in the aforementioned areas have received at least a single shot of the approved COVID-19 vaccines while some 47,513 others had been fully vaccinated against the disease.

Meanwhile, the Binduri and Bawku areas have been fingered for the low uptake of the vaccines. According to the Ghana Health Service, only 18 percent of the target population of people in the Bawku area had been vaccinated while 17 percent of the people in the Binduri area had been vaccinated.

Speaking on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East, the Deputy Upper East Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Josephat Nyuzaghl said a lot needs to be done in those areas to be able to reach the targets set.

Dr. Nyuzaghl said recent distances in the Bawku area could be blamed for the dramatically low vaccination figures recorded. “In Bawku Municipal for example, because of the conflict, many of the health workers have deserted the health facilities and these are the people we need to vaccinate the residents. And if they are not there, it becomes difficult to reach out. The insecurity has something to do with it”.

“We have decided that we will reserve some vaccines and other resources that are needed and implement the vaccination once the situation becomes calmer. We will rely on the Municipal Director and the security agencies to advise us,” he said.

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.

The Directorate also 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 in 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.

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

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