In the wake of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, the Ghana Health Service has revealed that the recent surge is very prevalent among children.
According to the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, the available data shows that children between the ages of 0 and 15 are the ones mostly infected by the virus with the recent surge in COVID cases.
The Director-General made this disclosure on Wednesday, June 22, at a press conference in Accra.
The current data, according to Dr. Kuma Aboagye indicates cases involving children in Accra have increased from 18 percent to 20 percent in June.
With the rate of infection among children who are currently not eligible for vaccination, the Director-General expressed worry about the situation. He therefore called for drastic actions to be taken in order to arrest the trend.
With this, he called for the strict adherence to the COVID-19 protocols which have been relaxed, especially among children in schools, enclosed areas and in mass gatherings.
“Something has to be done as far as the protection of children is concerned because they are also not vaccinated to give them the protection they need,” Dr. Kuma-Aboagye explained.
Ghana currently has 1,308 active cases of the virus, of which 1,023 are in the Greater Accra Region. In total, Ghana has recorded 164,541 cases with 1,448 deaths.
Ghana has also administered 16,752,032 doses of the coronavirus vaccine.
The health service has said there are 7.2 million people fully vaccinated, representing 22 percent of the population. Over one million people have received booster shots of the vaccine.
Over 10 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine.