KWABRE EAST MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTORATE LAUNCHES COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMME
The Health Directorates of Kwabre East Municipal on Tuesday, 2nd March 2021 organized a ceremony to launch the COVID-19 vaccine called Covid-Shield (AstraZeneca) manufactured by Serum Institute of India at the Mamponteng Polyclinic.
MUNICIPAL HEALTH DIRECTOR
Dr. Samuel Osei Somoa, Municipal Health Director of Kwabre East during the ceremony welcomed all participants and the various sub-unit heads present to the launching. He said the sub-unit heads and medical superintendents present will take the vaccine so that people in the Kwabre East Municipal will emulate them to take the vaccine. He said that, there are three (3) different types of vaccines currently in the system.
Dr. Osei Somoa said that, the directorate together with the Mamponteng Polyclinic will be vaccinating people in the Municipality according to how government and the Ghana Health Services have scheduled. He said, they will be vaccinating health workers, frontline workers, officers of the educational sector, aged people and people with the various underlying conditions. He used the opportunity to explain that, the vaccination is in two phases, thus, the first shot and the second shot. He said, after taking the first shot of the vaccine, it takes within four to six weeks before the second shot can be taken and it is very necessary to take the second shot because it helps boost and makes the effective.
Dr. Osei Somoa further said that, various health facilities will be vaccinating citizens across the country with the available vaccine till June of this year. He concluded by urging people of Kwabre East Municipal and the country as a whole to participate in the vaccination exercise.
MUNICIPAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE (MCE)
Hon. Nana Osei Asibey Bonsu, Municipal Chief Executive of Kwabre East expressed his gratitude to participants present. He said the country and Municipal is fortunate to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to help minimize and curb COVID-19 pandemic in the country. He used the opportunity to express his gratitude to the president of Ghana, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwah Akufo-Addo for helping to get the vaccine into the country to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hon. Osei Asibey explained that, COVID-19 pandemic has really affected every aspect of the development of the country including economic, heath, education and other sectors. He used the opportunity to urge participants to spread the news about the vaccine and to encourage others to participate in the vaccination exercise because it not meant to kill or destroy the immune system as some people are speculating about the vaccine but rather, the vaccine will help curb and minimize the risk of contracting the virus.
Hon. Osei Asibey used the opportunity to continue to adhere strictly to the COVID- 19 protocols even after taking the vaccine. He concluded by appealing to Ghanaians especially, indigenes of Kwabre East Municipality to take the vaccine in order to stop the spread of the Corona Virus within the Municipality and the country. Hon. Asibey Bonsu after the launch took the first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The launch of the COVID-19 vaccine was very successful with all the COVID-19 protocols strictly adhered to.
Members of the Municipal Health Directorate and various participants present at the launch of the COVID-19 vaccine were vaccinated and given a vaccination card.
In attendance were Dr. Eric Nii Oku-Aryee, Medical Superintendent of Mamponteng Polyclinic, Mrs. Ronnies Serwah Boamah, Municipal Information Officer, Mr. Marfo Joseph, Physician Assistant of Aboaso Health Center, Mr. Kwaku Saah Adu, Senior Physician Assistant of Antoa, Mr. Amoako Agyemang, Senior Physician Assistant of Kenyasi Health Center, Mrs. Leticia Serwaa Bonsu, Nurse Manager of Mamponteng Polyclinic, Mrs. Freda Kwaa Akrasi, Nutrition Officer in Charge of Malaria, Mr. Justina Ampah, Municipal Nutrition Officer and CHPS Coordinator, Mr. Simon Asare Mireku, Municipal Disease Control Officer, Mr. Evans Boakye-Yiadom, Senior Public Health Officer and other stakeholders.