Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye

Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, has expressed worry over the increasing rate of Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among the public.

He says although the country has enough vaccines, people have been shying away from being inoculated.

Addressing the press on Tuesday, April 26, he highlighted the need for people to take the jabs, saying “this is the best time to get vaccinated.”

He said currently, Ghana is recording relatively low cases of the virus, as the average new cases recorded daily and weekly are less than 5 and 20, respectively.

But the apathetic behaviour of the public may affect efforts to secure early herd immunity.

GHS Director General worried about reduction in the number of persons taking Covid-19 jabs
Image source: Ghana Health Service

“There has been a significant decline in the number of cases reported at the airport for those few people who are tested. The land borders are open and a little over 14 million of our population have received at least a vaccine.

“But unfortunately, the vaccine uptake has reduced and that is so because of the low risk perception,” he decried.

He counselled Ghanaians to “fetch water when it is a rainy season [so that] when the dry season comes, you would have some water to take.”

GHS Director General worried about reduction in the number of persons taking Covid-19 jabs
Some journalists at the press briefing

Dr Kuma-Aboagye revealed that only four of Ghana’s 16 regions currently have active cases of Covid-19.

“Currently, 12 regions do not have any active case, which means there are 12 out of the 16 regions that do not have any cases at all.

“We don’t have anybody who is on admission, severe or critical anywhere in Ghana, so far,” he added.