Covid-19: Ghana continues its community vaccination campaign

In Ghana's capital, Accra, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance vaccinates ' high-risk populations ' going door-to-door, while most people complain about the wait at health centres.

Wearing a yellow vest that reads ' Vaccinator ', Doretta Konney moves from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Doretta Konney is part of a grassroots movement to achieve Covid-19 virus vaccination targets in Ghana, a task that involves convincing vaccination skeptics at a time when the pandemic is no longer in the headlines. world news. For Konney, a community nurse, the job involves visiting almost 50 homes a day to vaccinate between 20 and 40 people, with Ghana seeking to vaccinate 20 million people out of a population of 31 million.

Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the coronavirus vaccination rate in Africa had increased by 15% thanks to mass vaccination campaigns.

" Most people don't want to get vaccinated because they've heard about...side effects ," Konney says.

Covid-19: Ghana continues its community vaccination campaign  In Ghana's capital, Accra, the Gavi Vaccine Alliance vaccinates ' high-risk populations ' going door-to-door, while most people complain about the wait at health centres.  Wearing a yellow vest that reads ' Vaccinator ', Doretta Konney moves from house to house with her team in the densely populated fishing community of Chorkor in Ghana's capital, Accra.  Doretta Konney is part of a grassroots movement to achieve Covid-19 virus vaccination targets in Ghana, a task that involves convincing vaccination skeptics at a time when the pandemic is no longer in the headlines. world news. For Konney, a community nurse, the job involves visiting almost 50 homes a day to vaccinate between 20 and 40 people, with Ghana seeking to vaccinate 20 million people out of a population of 31 million.  Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that the coronavirus vaccination rate in Africa had increased by 15% thanks to mass vaccination campaigns.  " Most people don't want to get vaccinated because they've heard about...side effects ," Konney says.  Abigail Otokunor, a 25-year-old student who first got vaccinated when Konney visited her mother's store, said she had been skeptical until the mobile vaccination team got her changed of opinion.  " I didn't want to take it because I was afraid of side effects ," Otokunor said.  15% of the African population vaccinated According to experts, the rate of use of vaccines in Africa is very low and worrying. Last month, the WHO said the continent had only fully vaccinated 15% of its adult population. And of the 714 million doses received to date, only 61% have been administered.  Only Mauritius and the Seychelles have exceeded 70% vaccination coverage. Fifteen countries have not yet vaccinated even 10% of their population. As for Ghana, 24.5% of the target population (22.9 million people) has been fully immunized, according to the GAVI vaccine alliance. The country has recorded more than 160,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 1,445 have been fatal.  In Chorkor, coordinator Christiana Odei said the door-to-door campaign had reached many residents who were hesitant to get vaccinated.  “ About 75% of people in the community have already taken their first dose ,” Ms Odei said.  Early concerns about vaccine shortages have subsided, said Aichatou Cisse, GAVI country director for Ghana. " African countries can get vaccines to protect Africans, so we are on the right track ," Cisse said.    Ivory Coast: President Ouattara still unclear about his succession  Appointment of a vice-president, renewal of the Prime Minister, minimal government reshuffle: Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara made some adjustments to the executive last week which revive questions around his succession in view of the next presidential election in 2025.  "Master of the clock" , according to the Ivorian press, Alassane Ouattara has not openly dubbed anyone, three years from an election that is already in everyone's mind.  First, he appointed a vice-president: Tiémoko Meyliet Koné , a 73-year-old technocrat economist, unknown to the general public and without much political experience in Côte d'Ivoire .  "Alassane Ouattara's first message is that he is in a fighting position for 2025. He does not show that he is going to hand over the baton to another generation" , notes political analyst Rodrigue Koné .   Transmission of power The post of vice-president , vacant for two years, is important because in the event of the death of the head of state, it is he who takes his place and completes his term.  But Tiémoko Meyliet Koné "is not a politician, he is not recognized on the national scene. He has the profile of a technocrat, politically harmless for Ouattara. We are not in a logic of transmission of power “ , adds Rodrigue Koné.  The appointment of Tiémoko Meyliet Koné is not neutral, however: it makes it possible to give pledges to the populations of the north of the country, where he is from, the electoral stronghold of the ruling party, the Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes and democracy and peace ( RHDP).   Potential successors Because another heavyweight in the executive, Prime Minister Patrick Achi , reappointed after a year in this position, is from the south. A defector from the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), a former single party now the main opposition party, Patrick Achi is one of the potential successors of the head of state.  "By renewing him, Ouattara wants to capitalize on his identity. He comes from the PDCI, he is from the south, he is a guarantee of expansion beyond his electoral base" , notes Rodrigue Koné. Patrick Achi is not the only Ivorian official in the running to take the place of Alassane Ouattara. In February, the president assured that he had "half a dozen names" in mind to succeed him.  During the reshuffle last week, all the holders of key portfolios, loyal to the Head of State, were confirmed in their functions, like Kandia Camara at Foreign Affairs or Téné Birahima Ouattara , his brother, to the defense.   Open Games "We take the same ones and we start again! The expected revolution has not taken place" , underlined the daily Le Nouveau Réveil, close to the PDCI, mentioning a simple "political reorganization" . "The president leaves the game open concerning the speculations on his heirs" , summarizes Rodrigue Koné.  Finally, Alassane Ouattara also keeps control of his party. One of his historical relatives, Gilbert Koné Kafana , recently rose to prominence by becoming chairman of the RHDP executive board, pushing down the party hierarchy Adama Bictogo , another heavyweight who, according to some observers, was showing signs of independence.  Head of state since 2011, Alassane Ouattara therefore remains more than ever in charge and does not close the door to a new mandate in 2025. "If he gives the slightest indication of his intention to leave power, he risks becoming demonetize ," said a diplomatic source.   Age limit There remains the question of a bill to limit the age of candidates to 75, which will be studied at the end of the year in the National Assembly. In 2025, Alassane Ouattara will be 83 years old.  His two main rivals, former presidents Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbabgo , who do not give the impression of wanting to hand over either, will be 91 and 80 years old respectively and would also be disqualified if such a law were validated.


Abigail Otokunor, a 25-year-old student who first got vaccinated when Konney visited her mother's store, said she had been skeptical until the mobile vaccination team got her changed of opinion.

" I didn't want to take it because I was afraid of side effects ," Otokunor said.

15% of the African population vaccinated
According to experts, the rate of use of vaccines in Africa is very low and worrying. Last month, the WHO said the continent had only fully vaccinated 15% of its adult population. And of the 714 million doses received to date, only 61% have been administered.

Only Mauritius and the Seychelles have exceeded 70% vaccination coverage. Fifteen countries have not yet vaccinated even 10% of their population. As for Ghana, 24.5% of the target population (22.9 million people) has been fully immunized, according to the GAVI vaccine alliance. The country has recorded more than 160,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus, of which 1,445 have been fatal.

In Chorkor, coordinator Christiana Odei said the door-to-door campaign had reached many residents who were hesitant to get vaccinated.

“ About 75% of people in the community have already taken their first dose ,” Ms Odei said.

Early concerns about vaccine shortages have subsided, said Aichatou Cisse, GAVI country director for Ghana. " African countries can get vaccines to protect Africans, so we are on the right track ," Cisse said.

Ivory Coast: President Ouattara still unclear about his succession

Appointment of a vice-president, renewal of the Prime Minister, minimal government reshuffle: Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara made some adjustments to the executive last week which revive questions around his succession in view of the next presidential election in 2025.

"Master of the clock" , according to the Ivorian press, Alassane Ouattara has not openly dubbed anyone, three years from an election that is already in everyone's mind.

First, he appointed a vice-president: Tiémoko Meyliet Koné , a 73-year-old technocrat economist, unknown to the general public and without much political experience in Côte d'Ivoire .

"Alassane Ouattara's first message is that he is in a fighting position for 2025. He does not show that he is going to hand over the baton to another generation" , notes political analyst Rodrigue Koné .


Transmission of power
The post of vice-president , vacant for two years, is important because in the event of the death of the head of state, it is he who takes his place and completes his term.

But Tiémoko Meyliet Koné "is not a politician, he is not recognized on the national scene. He has the profile of a technocrat, politically harmless for Ouattara. We are not in a logic of transmission of power “ , adds Rodrigue Koné.

The appointment of Tiémoko Meyliet Koné is not neutral, however: it makes it possible to give pledges to the populations of the north of the country, where he is from, the electoral stronghold of the ruling party, the Rassemblement des Houphouëtistes and democracy and peace ( RHDP).


Potential successors
Because another heavyweight in the executive, Prime Minister Patrick Achi , reappointed after a year in this position, is from the south. A defector from the Democratic Party of Côte d'Ivoire (PDCI), a former single party now the main opposition party, Patrick Achi is one of the potential successors of the head of state.

"By renewing him, Ouattara wants to capitalize on his identity. He comes from the PDCI, he is from the south, he is a guarantee of expansion beyond his electoral base" , notes Rodrigue Koné. Patrick Achi is not the only Ivorian official in the running to take the place of Alassane Ouattara. In February, the president assured that he had "half a dozen names" in mind to succeed him.

During the reshuffle last week, all the holders of key portfolios, loyal to the Head of State, were confirmed in their functions, like Kandia Camara at Foreign Affairs or Téné Birahima Ouattara , his brother, to the defense.


Open Games
"We take the same ones and we start again! The expected revolution has not taken place" , underlined the daily Le Nouveau Réveil, close to the PDCI, mentioning a simple "political reorganization" . "The president leaves the game open concerning the speculations on his heirs" , summarizes Rodrigue Koné.

Finally, Alassane Ouattara also keeps control of his party. One of his historical relatives, Gilbert Koné Kafana , recently rose to prominence by becoming chairman of the RHDP executive board, pushing down the party hierarchy Adama Bictogo , another heavyweight who, according to some observers, was showing signs of independence.

Head of state since 2011, Alassane Ouattara therefore remains more than ever in charge and does not close the door to a new mandate in 2025. "If he gives the slightest indication of his intention to leave power, he risks becoming demonetize ," said a diplomatic source.


Age limit
There remains the question of a bill to limit the age of candidates to 75, which will be studied at the end of the year in the National Assembly. In 2025, Alassane Ouattara will be 83 years old.

His two main rivals, former presidents Henri Konan Bédié and Laurent Gbabgo , who do not give the impression of wanting to hand over either, will be 91 and 80 years old respectively and would also be disqualified if such a law were validated.
Previous Post Next Post