Decline in COVID-19 infections, a result of vaccination – GHS

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says vaccination against the Covid-19 accounts for the steady decline in positive cases across the world.

Another significant contribution to the decline is adherence to Covid-19 safety and enforcement protocols.

This year, Ghana recorded 128 positive cases of COVID-19 in September, 273 in August and 500 in July.

According to the GHS, as at September 23, 2021, there were 3,578 active cases, 1,147 deaths, 122,000 recoveries and 126,803 cumulative positive cases after 1.7 million tests.

Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the Director-General of GHS at a media briefing in Accra on Sunday to update the public on COVID-19 cases, indicated that his outfit had so far inoculated 1.6 million people, with 89 percent of the vaccines coming from AstraZeneca, 10 percent from Johnson & Johnson, and one per cent from Sputnik V.

Dr Kuma-Aboagye called for aggressive deployment of COVID-19 vaccines across the 16 regions, especially populated places like market centres, lorry parks, churches and mosques.

He said the Ghana had so far received nearly five million doses of the AstraZeneca Covishield from India, 21,000 doses of Sputnik V, 450,000 doses of Johnson & Johnson, and 1.2 million of Moderna vaccines.

He added that government’s main goal to halt the spread of the disease is to achieve herd immunity.

In February this 2021, President Akufo-Addo announced that although his administration sought to vaccinate the entire population, he aimed to vaccinate at least 20 million of the populace by the end of the year.

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