The Ghana Health Service (GHS) says the country is making steady success with the management of the COVID-19 pandemic as data shows a decline in the number of active cases.
Director-General of the Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye made this known at the Ministry of Information press conference on Sunday, March 21, 2021.
“There has been a gradual improvement in the general COVID-19 situation. The active cases declined from over 8,000 to less than 3,500 over the past four weeks. Daily reported cases have declined from 800 cases to about 250 over the past four weeks,” he said.
Per the latest update, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye said the situation at the Kotoka International Airport has also improved.
So far, 316 schools have recorded cases. The total number of cases there is 1,920.
The North East Region is the only region without cases in schools.
Unfortunately, one mortality recorded among cases in schools.
Touching on the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme, Dr. Kuma-Aboagye mentioned that more than 460,000 persons have had their first dose of vaccination.
“As of 11:30 am today, 468,581 persons have been vaccinated. Cumulatively, the number of vaccinations has gone up”, the GHS boss said.
The Greater Accra Region has the highest number of vaccinations with 260,954 persons. This is followed by the Ashanti and Central Regions with 195,449 and 12,178 respectively.
Dr. Kuma Aboagye said the next phase of the exercise will begin on March 22, 2021, with the vaccination of some 90,0000 health workers nationwide.
“Our next phase of work is to vaccinate all health workers in the country because they are in the frontline. That will give us some 90,000 workers. Both the private and public health workers will be vaccinated from Monday. We hope that within a period of two weeks. All health workers will be covered across the country,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ghana needs about 42 million more doses of vaccines to be able to reach its target of vaccinating 20 million of its population by October 2021.