11 doctors petition Prez to halt the ongoing national vaccination exercise
A group of 11 doctors have written to President Nana Addo Dankwa admonishing him to issue a directive for the nationwide vaccine rollout in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic to be halted.
The doctors are arguing that the risks associated with the vaccines, per the data studied so far, outweigh the potential benefits if any.
In the petition dated Monday, January 10, 2022, the doctors referenced the UK and Israel as their proof to argue that these two countries are still battling with the virus despite the high vaccination rate of their citizens.
The Concerned Ghanaian Doctors, in their petition, said “These countries have very high vaccination rates, currently deploying booster programmes, yet they are struggling to get the virus under control especially with these new variants,” the doctors observed in the jointly-signed petition.
“Assuming as a country we are to vaccinate more than 50% of our population, are we going to continue with perpetual boosters every 3 to 6 months in an attempt to maintain vaccine-induced immunity for this disease?
“Where then is the endpoint when these vaccines do not stop infection or the spread of Covid-19? Is this financially feasible for us as a nation?”
They further posited that Ghana’s fatality rate is not as high as anticipated because not many citizens are testing.
“If there is safe, effective, affordable, freely available early treatment for Covid-19, vaccines are no longer a priority.
“It doesn’t take a genius to recognise the financial benefit of pharmaceutical companies in demonising potential early, effective treatments.
“If these medications do work, that’s wonderful in the human race’s fight against Covid-19. However, they are practicably placebos if they don’t work. Why the suppression and demonising of these early treatments then, if the concern is health.
“Considering all these, wouldn’t it be prudent to pause and ask ourselves whether these novel vaccines are necessary in the first place,” they quizzed.
“All the relevant metrics show that Ghana and Africa at large have done better than most of the world with respect to the pandemic even before the advent of these vaccines.
“It is possible the rest of the world are rather to learn from us.”
The doctors are Dr Timothy Oblijah Armah, Dr Bismark Opoku-Asare, Dr Faisal Adjei, Dr William Ghunney and Dr Bernard Boateng Adjei.
The others are Dr Doreen Oye Agyei, Dr Michael Agyemang-Wiredu, Dr Richard Fayah and Dr Sedem Cyril Klinogoh.
The rest are Dr Phil Dowuona and Dr Emmanuel Awuttey.