GHS to review COVID-19 protocols over global surge

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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has served notice that it will review the existing COVID-19 measures as cases increase in other parts of the world, especially in China.

The GHS said in a statement issued on Sunday (January 1) said that it has become imperative to tighten the measures to avert further outbreaks in the West African country.

“There has been a decline and sustained low levels of COVID-19 cases in Ghana over the past three months,” the GHS statement said. “However, the change in the global situation particularly with reported increase in new cases in China and other countries as well as Ghana’s relatively low vaccine coverage poses a major threat of importation and a new wave of COVID-19 infection in the country.”

“This situation calls for tightening and reviewing of existing measures to avert further outbreaks. Ghana Health Service and the Ministry of Health are critically monitoring the situation in consultation with key stakeholders,” the statement added.

“We will shortly come out with our country specific measures to address the current threat of COVID-19 especially with respect to importation.”

The health service has since called on Ghanaians to get vaccinated to protect themselves.

“We want to use this opportunity to encourage all Ghanaians who have not availed themselves for the COVID-19 vaccination to do so,” the statement said. “Those who have taken their first dose are to go for the second dose and those who have taken their second dose are also entreated to go for the booster.”

It added: “Vaccination remains the best protection against COVID-19 infection.”

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