Ghana has recorded 56 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the country’s active case count to 1,239.
Per the latest update from the Ghana Health Service as of June 14, 2021, 793 persons have succumbed to the virus since the country recorded its first case in March 2020.
Since the outbreak of the virus in Ghana in March 2020, a total of 94,913 cases have been recorded with 92,881 recoveries.
Out of these numbers, 13 persons are in the severe case category, while 9 are in critical condition.
The Greater Accra, Ashanti, Western, Eastern, and Central Regions continue to lead with the highest rate of infections.
Meanwhile the Coordinator for the Western Regional Expanded Programme on COVID-19 Immunization, Nicholas Asare Adomako, is asking residents to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 safety protocols.
According to him, only 3.27% of the 1.4 million targeted population for COVID-19 vaccination in the region have received their first jab.
Speaking in an interview with Citi News, Mr. Adomako disclosed said: “For us in the Western Region, we are about 1.5 million people in the 14 districts including the two sub metros; Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis and Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality. We are targetting about 1.4 million people and as we speak we have vaccinated only about 47,135 people which means about 3.27% of people have received their first dose of the vaccine.”
“For those who are yet to receive their second dose, we are praying that latest by early July, we will get the second dose for them in this region. It is up to us to continue to observe the COVID-19 protocols,” he added.
Also Ghana looks to other countries for more COVID-19 vaccines
Ghana is exploring its diplomatic relations with the United Kingdom, United States, and other countries to procure additional COVID-19 vaccines for the country.
Ghana is currently struggling to find additional vaccines to give second jabs for over 400,000 persons after it secured a little over 350,000 dozes from the Democratic Republic of Congo under the COVAX facility for some persons due for their second jabs.
It has however emerged that the government is using the services of middlemen to procure some of Russia’s Sputnik-V vaccines but at a higher cost of US$ 19 other than the original factory price of US$ 10.
The move has not gone done well with some stakeholders, including the Minority in Parliament, who have called for an abrogation of the procurement deal.