Ghana is currently experiencing a third wave of the Coronavirus plague with infections increasing at a fast rate.
” . . in recent weeks, we have seen a marked increase in the number of cases. As of Friday, July 23, 2021, three (3) weeks later, the Ghana Health Service is reporting that our total number of active cases stands at four thousand, five hundred and twenty-one (4,521). A total of one million, four hundred and six thousand, and eleven (1,406,011) tests have been conducted, out of which one hundred and two thousand, one hundred and three (102,103) persons have been infected with the virus, and ninety-six thousand, seven hundred and fifty-nine (96,759) persons have recovered.
“Our daily infection rate for the past week is three hundred and fifty (350) cases, and, sadly, forty (40) more people have died from COVID over the last ten (10) weeks, bringing the cumulative number of deaths to eight hundred and twenty-three (823) since the onset of the pandemic. Greater Accra and Greater Kumasi Metropolitan areas remain the hotspots of infections. This entire development is very alarming,” President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo expressed worry in his 26th nation update on Coronavirus on Sunday, July 25, 2021.
The President confirmed the third wave saying, “as per data available from the Ghana Health Service, it appears that unfortunately, our nation like many others is experiencing a third wave of covid infections…largely driven by the Delta variant of the virus, which, according to the World Health Organisation, has increased transmissibility rates, and, in our case in Ghana, has led, in recent weeks, to a rise in hospitalization and ICU bed uptakes, and, tragically, deaths”.
This obviously is not good news to the ears of Ghanaians, however, there is good news.
Speaking to host Kwami Sefa Kayi, the former Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Bernard Okoe Boye has disclosed that Ghana will soon receive doses of Pfizer vaccines.
He revealed that, by September this year, there will be over 1 million Pfizer vaccines to be administered to Ghanaians.
“We’re looking at between August maybe early part of September, we expect about 1.2 million,” Dr. Okoe Boye stated.
This is in an addition to the 17 million Johnson and Johnson vaccines to be produced by the Government of Ghana as promised by the President in his speech.
The President stressed, “Government is also in the process of procuring 17 million single doses per person Johnson & Johnson vaccines, through the African Medicine Supply Platform, in this quarter”.