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COVID-19 vaccination starts in Upper West today

The Upper West Regional Health Directorate says it is set start the first phase of Covid-19 vaccination exercise in the region today.

The government of Ghana received vaccines as part of the World Health Organization’s COVAX sharing scheme and begun administering shots of the vaccine nationwide with President Akufo-Addo being the first to take the jab on March 1.

In an interaction with Info Radio in Wa, the Regional Director of Health, Dr. Damien Punguyire said, about 9,500 frontline health-care workers are expected to take the jab on Monday when the exercise start.

He added that the number includes students in the community and nursing training colleges in the region.

He noted that the directorate could not start the vaccination exercise at the initial time schedule as a result of some technical challenges with some of its record taking devices.

Dr. Punguyire said the rest of the population will be enrolled on the vaccine as at when the region receives enough of the vaccines, and directives.

On the case count of the region, the Health Director stated that the region currently has 25 active covid-19 cases of which 16 are mild with one person moderately ill. He said, the region has no critical case for now.

He further calls on the general public to continue adhering to the safety protocols.

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