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

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has revealed that the management of Korle Bu Teaching Hospital has been directed to desist from issuing Covid-19 vaccine pass cards to individuals who have been fully vaccinated.

The Director-General of GHS, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, speaking at a press briefing, Wednesday, on the procurement of Covid-19 vaccines disclosed the directive to the media.

“A lot of countries have brought their Covid-19 pass cards to us (GHS). They said that if any citizen from our country, let’s say Turkey, this shows that he has been vaccinated. We (GHS) are also going to submit our Covid-19 pass card to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide to the international countries. This will prove that Ghanaians who travel outside the country have been vaccinated. If not, anyone can cook something up and present it.

“We had received reports that Korle Bu Teaching Hospital had been engaged in such activities, so we have issued a directive to them to stop issuing pass cards. They have halted that activity,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye is optimistic that a universal Covid-19 pass card will be issued for all countries to use inorder to bring uniformity in the near future.

“I know that in some time to come, countries across the globe will have a special card, just like the yellow fever card to show that one is fully vaccinated in order to prevent the spead of Covid-19,” he said.

Touching on the number of reported Covid-19 cases, Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu revealed that 92,518 persons have recovered from the virus and have been discharged from various health centres.

He added that the number of active cases trooping in have declined. Active cases in the country now stand at 1,190, he said.

“Ghana’s recovery is quite good. 92, 518 have recovered. Our active cases have reduced to 1,190. Over the last 3 to 4 days, we saw 1,100 it then increased to 1,200 and now it has fallen to 1,190. That is where we are,” he said on Wednesday.

The Health Minister further revealed that despite the devastating number of lives lost to Covid-19 which is about 789, “steps taken by the government have proved to be successful.”

“Our positivity rate, we used to be at 10 per cent sometime last year, despite our second wave our positivity rate is now 7.8 per cent. Total deaths, however, is 789 which is quite large but if you compare it to other jurisdictions, about 4,000 lives are lost in a day. It looks like ours is something we can be cheerful a little bit about,” Mr Agyeman Manu said.

He also added that “about 10 regions don’t seem to have cases at all so we continue monitoring online on daily basis to look at how the virus is spreading. The average day of spread on daily basis is around 45. We have been recording 27. The last three days, we recorded 80 which made us panic but fortunately, we started seeing the number decline.”