GHS warns of possible new variant of COVID-19 during Christmas

Ahead of the festive season, the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has issued a warning that the country may record a new variant of COVID-19 if the appropriate protocols are not adhered to. This warning comes just in time for Christmas.

According to the service, given that other countries all over the world have seen rises in COVID-19 instances as a result of shifts in meteorological conditions, it is anticipated that the country will see an increase in the number of cases caused by COVID-19. This is because other countries have seen increases in COVID-19 instances.

At a press conference held in Accra, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, reaffirmed that the service is ready to contain any further escalation in the situation.

There is also the prospect of a new type that is precisely the same as the Omicron version that we had during the Christmas before that. This is a novel form of the variation.

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Therefore, we also need to regard it as a possible risk element, and we must be attentive and endeavor to ensure that the progress we’ve achieved thus far is maintained in order to prevent regressing to the place where we were many months ago. In other words, we want to avoid going backwards.

Since the mass vaccination campaign was re-started the week before Christmas, a little more than one million people have gotten the inoculation. This number is expected to continue to rise until it reaches two million people. This fact was stated by him as well.

Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye requested that opinion leaders continue to urge their peers in the same position to be vaccinated so that they can safeguard the communities in which they live.

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As of yesterday, December 14, the Ghana Health Service has begun providing the COVID-19 immunization to the citizens of the country who have not yet been given the vaccine. This is the first time that the vaccination has been made available.

The most recent vaccination effort, which comes to an end today, Monday, December 19, 2022, was planned to last for a total of five days in order to protect against a potential increase in the number of people who are infected with COVID-19 prior to, during, and after the holiday celebrations. Today marks the day that the vaccination effort comes to an end.

In accordance with the theme “Protect Yourself, Protect Your Family, Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19,” it was projected that this edition will vaccinate more than 1.4 million people between the 14th and the 18th of December in the year 2023.

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As of November 30, 21,179,341 doses of vaccines had already been given to patients thanks to the GHS’s work to get them to them.

The existing preventative measures against COVID-19 that were in place for travelers at the airport have been strengthened in order to reduce the number of possible cases that may enter the country.

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