COVID-19: Ghana’s active cases drop as death toll hits 647

Ghana's COVID-19 active cases are now 4,866 after 373 new cases were confirmed. However, the death toll keeps rising

Ghana’s COVID-19 death toll has increased to 647 after a 4 March update by the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

However, the country’s active cases are dropping steadily despite an additional 373 new cases. The active cases are now 4,866.

The country’s total confirmed cases now stand at 86,465 out of which 80,952 have recovered.

So far, 66 persons are in severe condition while 24 remain critical, according to GHS. Cases detected at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) are 1,250  with 1,122  recoveries.

Breakdown of regional cases: 

Greater Accra Region – 48,282

Ashanti Region – 14,954

Western Region – 5,478

Eastern Region – 3,872

Central Region – 3,030

Volta Region – 2,091

Northern Region – 1,458

Bono East Region – 1,237

Upper East Region – 1,232

Bono Region – 1,102

Western North Region – 808

Ahafo Region – 666

Upper West Region – 444

Oti Region – 308

North East Region – 156

Savannah Region – 97

140,000 to be vaccinated in Kumasi and Obuasi

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Health Directorate is targeting to inoculate about 140, 000 people in the Greater Kumasi and Obuasi areas in the first phase of the COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the region.

The Region has taken delivery of 150,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine for the first mass vaccination exercise but health authorities are anticipating 10 per cent wastage in the course of the two weeks’ exercise.

Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang, Regional Director of Health Services, made this known to journalists at a media briefing ahead of the launch of the exercise at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi.

On Tuesday, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene took the first jab in the region to pave way for the mass vaccination to commence.

A total of 112 vaccination teams including vaccinators and social mobilizers would be deployed for the exercise in designated facilities, according to Dr. Tinkorang.

He entreated the public to disregard the myths and misconceptions being circulated about the vaccine and take part in the exercise.

Dr Frank Ankobea, president of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), said the procurement of the vaccine was an important step towards eradicating the virus and urged the public to cooperate with health authorities.

He said the misconception about the vaccines was a huge challenge that required that all stakeholders doubled their efforts to overcome the anti-vaccine campaigners to ensure a successful exercise.

Dr Ankobea however, cautioned that the vaccine was not a replacement for the existing safety protocols and that it was to complement them to reduce the risk of transmission.

Fred Dzakpata

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