Excellent evening, and thank you for welcoming me into your properties after once again.
You are carrying out so on a single of the sacred days of our nation, 28th February, when the 1948 Christiansborg Crossroads taking pictures occurred seventy-three (73) a long time ago, which led to the martyrdom of Sergeant Adjetey, Corporal Attipoe, and Non-public Odartey Lamptey, martyrdoms that ignited the nationalist motion, and led us to the flexibility we appreciate now.
Permit us notice a moment’s silence in honour of their memory, and the memory of all the trustworthy departed patriots who assisted build our country. Might their souls rest in best peace.
Fellow Ghanaians, considering the fact that I past spoke to you, a month ago, a considerable advancement in our battle from COVID-19 has taken area in our region.
In the class of this week, Wednesday, 24th February, to be exact, we took yet another concrete phase in our quest to rid our nation of COVID-19, with the arrival in the country of 6 hundred thousand (600,000) doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the first consignment of numerous more to come.
I indicated in Update No. 23 that the earliest vaccine would be in the state by March.On the other hand, by dint of really hard get the job done and sheer determination, Government was able to safe the initially batch of vaccine doses in February, a month ahead of routine.
We are the initially place in the planet to be recipients of vaccines from the COVAX Facility, and I want to specific my appreciation to members of the COVID-19 Taskforce, which I chair, and to officers of the Ministry of Well being and the Ghana Wellness Provider for this commendable feat. The vaccine deployment system we submitted to WHO, which unlocked this consignment, was perfectly-obtained.
They have carried out a yeoman’s position, and our nation is indebted to them. We are grateful, also, in a natural way, to the contributors and supervisors of the COVAX Facility.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is 1 of two (2) vaccines that have,so considerably,been accepted and declared as harmless-for-use by the Food and Medicines Authority (Food and drug administration). With the method of certification now ongoing for the other vaccines, the vary of vaccines offered to us will raise. This will facilitate our potential to access our goal of vaccinating twenty million Ghanaians by the end of this year.
By way of the Nationwide Vaccine Deployment Strategy, our populace has been segmented into 4 teams, and this will establish which section of the inhabitants will get vaccinated at a particular time.
Group 1 is categorised as “persons most at possibility and frontline Condition officials”. It includes health care employees, frontline safety personnel, individuals with fundamental healthcare conditions, persons sixty (60) a long time and above, and frontline customers of the Govt, Legislature and Judiciary.
Team 2 is built up of other essential provider suppliers and the relaxation of the stability organizations. It includeswater and electric power supply providers, academics and students, provide and distribution of fuels, farmers and meals value chain, telecommunications solutions, air targeted traffic and civil aviation manage providers, meteorological solutions, air transport products and services, waste management solutions, media, general public and personal professional transport providers, the Police Support, Armed Forces, Prisons Services, Immigration Company, Countrywide Fire Company, CEPS Division of the Ghana Income Authority, and other members of the Executive, Judiciary, and Legislature.
Group 3 is composed of the rest of the typical public, that is all people around eighteen (18) decades, other than for pregnant women.The ultimate team, that is Team 4, will include things like pregnant moms and people less than the age of eighteen (18), and they will be vaccinated when an appropriate vaccine, ideally, is found, or when more than enough safety facts on the present vaccines is readily available.Unique arrangements will be created for persons with disabilities who slide within these groups.
So, from Tuesday, 2nd March,to Monday, 15th March 2021, the Ghana Wellness Assistance will start off deployment of the six hundred thousand (600,000) AstraZeneca vaccines, with folks in Groups 1and 2 getting the target of thisfirst vaccination campaign. It will be conducted in forty-three (43) districts,which are the epi-centres of the pandemic in the country. They are 20-5 (25) in Increased Accra, sixteen (16) in Ashanti, and two (2) in the Central Location. The Ghana Overall health Provider, as from tomorrow, will give precise facts.
While we are, to begin with, concentrating on the forty-a few (43) epicentre-districts, preparations are staying designed for the vaccination of 20 million Ghanaians as a result of the deployment of some twelve thousand and seventy-a person (12,471) vaccinators, 30-7 thousand, 4 hundred and 13 (37,413) volunteers, and two thousand, and seventy-9 (2,079) supervisors for the whole vaccination marketing campaign.
Fellow Ghanaians, I know there are nevertheless some who proceed to categorical doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about its efficacy, with some having sides with conspiracy theorists who believe that the vaccine has been established to wipe out the African race.
This is far from the reality. Our domestic regulatory agency, Food and drug administration, one of the most trustworthy in Africa and in the environment, has accredited the harmless use of the vaccine. It will not do so if it had any reservations about the protection of the vaccine, and I have gone on file as declaring that no vaccine will be deployed in the state for use without the convey certification of the Food and drug administration.
Having the vaccine will not change your DNA, it will not embed a tracking unit in your entire body, neither will it bring about infertility in girls or in gentlemen. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe and sound. That is why tomorrow, on Monday, 1st March, forward of the graduation of the vaccination programme on Tuesday, 2nd March, my spouse the Initial Woman, the Vice President, his spouse the Next Woman, and I will choose the vaccine publicly at two (2) wellness facilities in Accra.
Vital general public officers these types of as the Speaker and Users of Parliament, the Main Justice and Justices of the Superior Court of Judicature, Chairperson and Associates of the Council of State, the Main of Personnel and senior officials at the Workplace of the President, and popular personalities like some Eminent Clergy, the Nationwide Main Imam, the Asantehene, the Ga Mantse, and some media practitioners will also, on Tuesday, consider the jab publicly. This is being completed due to the fact the vaccine will help defend us from the affect of COVID-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the countrywide overall economy to the sturdy amount it belongs.
I encourage religion-based teams, civil culture, media and all Ghanaians to assistance the public training marketing campaign involved with the exercising. We want all arms-on deck to make this a accomplishment.
Also, I want to reiterate my willpower that we need to manufacture vaccines here in Ghana. To this close, a Committee has been proven less than the Chairmanship of the previous Minister for Ecosystem, Science, Technologies and Innovation, the entire world-renowned scientist, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, which is formulating a concrete prepare of action to vaccine improvement and production.
Fellow Ghanaians, the roll out of the vaccination campaign does not signify we ought to let our guard down, and discard the protection protocols that have served us perfectly as a result much. We simply cannot pay for to allow our guard down. Permit us go on to wash our hands under operating drinking water, retain social distancing, refrain from shaking fingers and hugging, and, most importantly,dress in our masks.
We should try to remember that the virus continues to jeopardise our lives and livelihoods. As at Friday, 26thFebruary 2021, the whole number of active instances stood at 5 thousand, 4 hundred and forty-4 (5,444) our day by day infection charge is 4 hundred (400) and seventy-seven thousand, 9 hundred and seventy-two (77,972) recoveries have been recorded.
Since I past spoke, one particular hundred and ninety-one (191) extra folks have unfortunately handed absent, bringing the range of cumulative fatalities to 6 hundred and 7 (607), and 20-4 (24) persons are critically sick.
Out of sixty-nine thousand, 3 hundred and fifty (69,350) educational institutions in the country, two hundred and seven (207) have claimed scenarios of bacterial infections. The amount of active situations is now two hundred and eighty-two (282).
So, right up until additional notice, all the limits as announced in my last addressremain in force, and the Law enforcement will carry on to be certain compliance by all and sundry.
If all of us keep the class, and adhere strictly to the protocols, we will arise out of this pandemic even much better than ahead of. This is my charge to you this night, my fellow Ghanaians. There is gentle at the close of the tunnel, we dare not give up all the hard operate at this point in time. This as well shall move, due to the fact the Battle is nevertheless the Lord’s!!
Might God bless us all and our homeland Ghana, and make her terrific and robust.
I thank you for your awareness, and have a excellent night time.