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Ghana receives applause from WHO


Ghana’s research efforts towards developing a vaccine to fight COVID-19, has received recognition and applause from the World Health Organization (WHO).

The West African nation is showing strong determination to contribute to global science.

This the world health body sees as significant, considering the huge gap between the rich and poor countries in terms of the vaccine distribution.

Dr Francis Chisaka Kasolo, the WHO country representative, said it was the wise thing to do.

He was addressing the ninth biennial conference of the College of Health Sciences at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi.

He pledged strong support to Ghana’s drive towards strengthening research and systems to tackle the flu-like virus.

Africa, he said, needed to pump more resources into critical care capacities and health systems to deal with future pandemics.

Ghana has put in place a vaccine manufacturing committee, tasked with the responsibility of helping to build the capacity of domestic pharmaceutical companies.

The committee has developed a roadmap and held stakeholder consultations for the establishment of a national vaccine institute.

The target is to build local manufacturing plants to manufacture COVID-19 vaccines alongside other vaccines.

Dr Chisaka Kasolo said availability of vaccine was critical to the defeat of the pandemic that has devastated the economies of countries across the world and change the way of life of the people.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), also known as coronavirus, is a contagious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The first known case was identified in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease has since spread worldwide, leading to an ongoing pandemic.

Symptoms of Covid-19 are variable, but often include fever, cough, headache, fatigue, breathing difficulties and loss of smell and taste. Symptoms may begin one to fourteen days after exposure to the virus. At least a third of people who are infected do not develop noticeable symptoms.

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