COVID-19 vaccination: Doctors’ petition against exercise baseless – GMA

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The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has described as ‘baseless’ the petition filed against the nationwide vaccination rollout by a group calling itself Concerned Ghanaian Doctors.

According to the GMA, they see the contents of the entire petition as “misleading, unfortunate and not based on available local and international scientific data.”

The Concerned Ghanaian Doctors numbering about 11 on Monday, January 10, 2022, petitioned President Akufo-Addo to issue a directive suspending the nationwide vaccination exercise amidst the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

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The doctors include Dr. Phil Dowuona, Dr. Emmanuel Awuttey, Dr. Timothy Oblijah Armah, Dr. Bismark Opoku-Asare, Dr. Faisal Adjei and Dr. William Ghunney.

The rest are Dr. Bernard Boateng Adjei, Dr. Doreen Oye Agyei, Dr. Michael Agyemang-Wiredu, Dr. Richard Fayah and Dr. Sedem Cyril Klinogoh.

They claimed there are potential dangers associated with the jabs currently being administered in the country, thus their actions against the mandatory Covid-19 vaccines.

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In this light, GMA in its statement signed by the President, Dr. Frank Serebour and the General Secretary, Dr. Titus Beyuo, said it is unacceptable in this that professionals will draw “flawed conclusion based on skewed data that has not gone through the rigors of scientific proof.”

A copy of the statement issued by GMA

The statement noted GMA’s dissociation from the said doctors and their petition as whole.

“The content of the petition does not in anyway reflect the situation of COVID-19 in Ghana. Data available to GMA support the efficacy and safety of all the COVID-19 vaccines currently registered and in used in Ghana. The evidence that the vaccines reduce the incident of critical illness, Intensive Care Unit (ICU), admission and deaths globally and in Ghana is undisputed,” the statement read in part.

GMA again mentioned that though individuals may have concerns on their personal beliefs, it urged health practitioners to be guided by available medical evidence in their public discourses and channel their concerns to the appropriate quarters for redress.

The statement then encouraged the general public to make themselves available for the ongoing vaccination exercise and to also be adherent to the COVID-19 protocols.

Read the petition below:

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