The Management of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) as part of efforts to ensure the majority of Ghanaians are vaccinated against the fast-spreading locally transmitted coronavirus Sunday declared December as vaccination month.
Speaking at a press briefing the Director-General of the GHS, Dr Patrick Kumah-Aboagye said his outfit starting the nationwide vaccination in December is a step in the right direction to slow the spread of the deadly virus in Ghana.
He indicated that the government is going to put in place adequate measures at busy areas including the Kotoka International Airport during the festive Christmas season to ensure the Covid-19 infections do not surge.
“There is going to be strict enforcement of the protocols at the KIA. We are going to increase surveillance. We are expecting an increased number of people to arrive in the country,” Dr Kuma-Aboagye told the media on Sunday.
“We are going to ensure that our logistics are prepared, we will continue our surveillance to be able to look at that, we are going to look at isolation centres. Our contact tracing will be strengthened,” the Director-General added.
He also said prospective students in various Senior High Schools and tertiary institutions in the country at the appropriate time will be vaccinated against the global coronavirus to curb and slow the Covid.
In a related development, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service has announced to inoculate students who are aged 15 years and above with the Pfizer-Biotech Covid-19 vaccine.
In a statement copied to EducationWeb.com.gh, the Health Service said the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has granted approval for extending the use of the Pfizer -Biotech vaccine to cover children from 15 years and above.
“As part of measures at halting the spread of Covid-19 in schools and among the general public. The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has planned to vaccinate all children aged 15 years and above as soon as possible,” it stated.
The Ghana Education Service (GES) has urged Regional and District Directors of Education to work closely with their colleague Regional and District Directors of Health to start the vaccination of all 15 years or older in all schools.
“We are by this letter is requesting all Regional and District Education Directors to work closely with their colleague Regional and District of Health to facilitate the vaccination of all 15 years in all schools across the country,” it added.
The Management of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) is yet to communicate to members of the general public and students the date to commence the vaccination exercise of basic school students aged 15 years and above.