Health Minister Dr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu appears optimistic about Ghana’s inoculation exercise against covid-19 so far, as he indicates that the process is still on course.
In his response to the Minority Caucus in Parliament with regards to the number of people who have been inoculated so far during a debate on the 2022 budget, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu touted Ghana’s ability to roll out a successful vaccination exercise without wasting vaccines.
“My earlier prediction and projection that we were going to get vaccines adequately in August have yielded fruits, and therefore we have been receiving vaccines from COVAX and other donations from other countries we have bilateral relations with.”
“So I can say that we have the capacity to administer the vaccines, and we don’t anticipate that we shall waste the vaccines that we have received.”
But an unimpressed Ranking Member on the Health Committee of Parliament, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh is of the view that the government has failed in the quest to vaccinate Ghanaians.
He indicated that the country should have been able to vaccinate 17 million Ghanaians by now.
“By this time we should have vaccinated not less than 17 million Ghanaians. Ironically, if you refer to the 2022 budget, we have vaccinated only 2.5 million Ghanaians.”
The Ghana Health Service has complained of low turnout at vaccination centres for the exercise while announcing that only five million persons have so far received at least a single jab.
Dr. Kwame Amponsah-Achiano, manager of the expanded program on immunization complained that Ghanaians are still sceptical about getting vaccinated due to misinformation.
“As of 21st, we had almost 5 million doses given out. Some have received 1, others 2. When we count the doses individually, we are looking at 4.7. Out of this number, only 1.2 million are fully vaccinated.”
“Considering our track record, we have done more campaigning on Covid-19 vaccines than we have in the past. Even with those, we were able to inoculate more than 6 million doses within 10 days.”