Stepping up Covid awareness to get more people vaccinated – Agotime Ziope MP

Member of Parliament for the Agotime Ziope constituency in the Volta region, Charles Agbeve believes that “good education is needed to ensure that many people accept Covid-19 vaccinations rather than creating laws to ensure that people get vaccinated.”

According to the legislator, the government has spent millions to acquire the vaccines, but it is rather unfortunate that many people do not take the vaccine to prevent the spread of the virus.

As of April 2022, the Volta region has administered only 464,464 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, covering only 12.3% of the region’s population of 1,955,371.

The region has so far recorded the lowest percentage of people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country.

Although vaccines have been made available to the region, many people still need to be vaccinated.

Speaking at some churches in the Agotime Kpetoe district of the Volta region, as part of an awareness program to get people vaccinated against Covid-19, the MP for Agotime Ziope constituency, Charles Agbeve noted that although the majority of people in the region have not been vaccinated, more than 3 million vaccines have been wasted.

“We have noted with great concern the resistance to taking the vaccines simply because of certain conspiracy theories. We also observed that out of 16 regions, the Volta region was ranked last and when you come to the region, Agotime Ziope is also at the bottom. The health committee in parliament is surprised to learn that up to 3 million doses of vaccines have been wasted and that a vaccine costs $10. That means we wasted $30 million of taxpayers’ money.

He added that “Parliament has approved a loan of $200 million from the World Bank to buy the vaccines. The essence of buying 20 million vaccines was to get head immunity. If we are not able to take the vaccines, there will be challenges. »

Mr. Agbeve further noted that most urban cities have been able to vaccinate enough of their residents, but people in rural areas are lagging behind and will be hit hard if a wave of Covid-19 occurs, as the district is plagued with several health challenges.

“Our main concern is that most people in capital cities are taking the hit, unfortunately those in rural areas are not taking it. If there is another major wave of Covid-19, most of us in rural areas will feel the impact.

“Worse still, we don’t have infrastructure, we don’t have a district hospital and there is no oxygen here in the health centers, and you can count the number of bottles of oxygen to Ho, so if we get hit by a major wave, how are we going to survive?

In an interview with Citi News, Public Health Officer for Agotime Ziope District Promotions Courage Doe Dogbey said that they were unable to get the required head immunity in the district due to some theories of the conspiracy.

According to him, the district has so far recorded only 25% vaccination against Covid-19.

“Although some people accepted and took the vaccine, the majority were not vaccinated and we were unable to obtain immunity from our heads. The main reason here is the conspiracy theories that have spread among community members through social media.

“These communities are interdependent, so it has become difficult for us because most people don’t take vaccines because their loved ones don’t take them. We implore the authorities to ensure that proper education is provided to enable people to understand and come for the vaccine. »

Some Ziope residents who spoke to Citi News said the government’s directive to lift some restrictions played a major role in the reluctance to take the vaccines.

Speaking to Citi News after the exercise, Mr Agbeve said it would not be appropriate for a law to be enacted to require people to be vaccinated.

“Some people are of the opinion that the legislator should make a law to impose vaccination among the public, and I don’t think that is fair. We do not have a law in the country mandating the administration of vaccines, but rather the mandate of the vaccine. It does not penalize or sanction people who refuse to be vaccinated. Rather, it encourages education because it is the principle that will encourage people to understand the need to be vaccinated.

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