The Ashanti Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr Emmanuel Tinkorang has announced that the region is set to take delivery of covid-19 vaccines.
Dr. Tinkorang saiod a total of two million doses of the astrazeneca vaccines manufactured from India is expected in the region by March 2, this year.
The first five targeted groups who are to receive the vaccines are frontline workers, persons with chronic diseases, security personnel, members of the executive and persons over 60 years. The students and teachers will also benefit from the next consignments.
The over six million population will benefit from the national exercise to be rolled out in phases.
Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi and Kosoa, the hardest hit during the lockdown are the first areas to benefit from the 20 million vaccines which arrived in Ghana on Wednesday.
Dr Tinkorang said those to be vaccinated must have a data base using their national Identification Cards out of which “a unique ID will be generated for travels and other national assignments.”
He allayed the fears of people in the region saying the vaccines were safe and necessary.
Dr Tinkorang said health workers would be trained on the mode of delivery, storage and on even how to educate the people.
Vaccination is expected to take place at all public and private health facilities in the region.
Dr Tinkorang said there were 14, 263 cases On the COVID situation in the region, the second highest after Greater Accra and 192 deaths including two health workers.
As it stands now, a total of 1557 health workers have contracted the disease in the region with Kumasi metropolis and Obuasi as the two main hotspots.