The Wassa East Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has organised a day’s stakeholders workshop aimed at orienting participants to serve as COVID-19 vaccination ambassadors within their respective communities.
The workshop forms part of measures to encourage people to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise to help stem the spread of the disease.
Addressing participants at Daboase in the Wassa East District Assembly (WEDA), District Director of GHS, Dr Emmanuel Aflekum contended that taxpayers money and donations from Ghana’s development partners have been invested in getting the vaccines for the people.
He, therefore, underscored the need for citizens and non-citizens to patronize the vaccines to prevent them from expiry, explaining that the vaccines have an expiry date and that it will be a dent in the image of the country if people refused to be vaccinated.
He appealed to the participants to serve as COVID-19 vaccination ambassadors by using their position within their respective communities to urge those who have been reluctant in going for the vaccines to do so.
Mr Aflekum said the nation and its people cannot have their freedom as it used to be before COVID-19 came into existence if some section of the people become hesitant in getting the vaccines, adding that life has returned to normal in the ‘Western world’ due to the fact that people have vaccinated.
He lamented that very soon one cannot travel outside the country without proof of vaccination, in that COVID-19 vaccination has now become a requirement for travellers.
Giving out some statistics on COVID-19 within the District, the District Disease Control Officer, Madam Patience Asantoa announced that through routine surveillance 310 sample cases were taken out of which 76 men and 48 women tested positive.
Touching on the vaccines, she said about 70,000 people in the District are expected to be vaccinated, explaining that 14, 623 persons representing 20 per cent of the population have taken one dose of the AstraZeneca vaccines while 2, 892 which represents 13.6 per cent of the population have taken two doses of the vaccines.
District Health Information Officer, Mr Prince Amanfo, noted that some people have negative perceptions of the vaccines and have assigned all sorts of reasons for their rejection.
He debunked those perceptions and admonished them to desist from influencing other people with their negative thoughts.
The Health Information Officer said the directorate was doing all it can to increase awareness and also bring the vaccines to the doorstep of the people to facilitate patronage.