The Health Minister-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, has said that, Ghana is expected to take delivery of 350,000 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines by mid-March under the United Nations COVAX facility. He made this statement in Accra during the ministerial vetting in parliament.
Therefore, Ghana would not reinvent the wheel in trying to use a different approach when vaccinating the population with the Covid-19 vaccines.
“One thing that Ghanaians should be proud of is that we have a very robust immunization programme that sits within the Ghana Health Service. .
“It has a structure that reaches everywhere in this country. As I speak, our traditional vaccinations in terms of polio, and by the WHO’s assessment, we are doing 95 percent coverage in our country.” ”So if you look at the strategy, when it is fully completed, you will see that we are using Ghana Health Service’s infrastructure to actually do the vaccinations for Covid-19,” he told the Appointment’s Committee.
The Health Minister-designate further stated that personnel to handle the vaccination were being trained to prepare them ahead of arrival of the vaccines.
The five-hour vetting allowed the Minister-designate to also answer questions on Government’s intention to construct 111 district hospitals, Covid-19 Testing facility at the Kotoka International Airport, management of the pandemic, distribution of personal protective equipment to health professionals, and employment of health workers among other important issues.