Beatrice Annan, a member of the NDC Communications team, is skeptical of the Minister of Health’s claim that Ghana will receive three essential infant immunizations that are now in limited supply nationwide within the next three weeks.

She claimed that the shortages and the ensuing difficulties in promptly obtaining the vaccines are proof of the government’s egregious incapacity and poor preparation.

According to the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the government would receive the vaccines in two to three weeks, barring any unforeseen circumstances, on Thursday, March 9.

She claimed that the Minister’s pledge was inadequate because Ghanaians have previously been given the assurance that the vaccines will reach in the nation within a few days.

“I’m not happy, but I’ll give the minister the benefit of the doubt because the Ministry of Health promised three weeks ago that the vaccines will be accessible in two weeks, and now he’s providing another two to three weeks as a deadline.”

“It is a frightening situation that newborn newborns are not receiving vaccinations due to the severe shortages,” Beatrice Annan told Kwaku Owusu Adjei on Adwenekasa on Accra-based Original FM 91.9

Beatrice Annan commented that it is sad that the Minister pointed to shipping and procurement issues, which are only consistent with the government’s lack of competence and bad planning, as the reasons for the delays.

“It has the smell of incompetence and shoddy planning. While we have been battling these diseases since 1976, we should have anticipated that this issue would arise and we should have made the agreement last year.”

Source: Richard Obeng Bediako ll ll Ghana

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