GHS commits to cooperate with security agencies over Covid vaccine theft

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has pledged to cooperate with security agencies to unravel the circumstances that led to the arrest of three persons for stealing and selling Covid-19 vaccines.

Stephen Dzisenu, 37, a Disease Control Officer at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, Cosmos Allotey, 42, an Occupational Health and Safety Officer, and Joseph Knight Gaisie, a Project Officer and a former Laboratory Technician at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, are in the grips of the police for stealing the COVIDSHIELD vaccines.

Mr Dzisenu together with one Lord Pabitey, now at large, stole a total of 62 vials of COVIDSHIELD and sold them to Mr Allotey, who allegedly administered the them at a cost of GH¢200 per jab.

The three – Dzisenu, Gaisie and Allotey – have been remanded into lawful custody by an Accra Circuit Court to reappear on Thursday, April 1.

In a statement on Saturday, March 20, the Service condemned the criminal act and announced that an “administrative inquiry is being instituted and appropriate sanctions shall apply if they are found culpable”.

The statement signed by the Director General of the Service, Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, insisted that the vaccines are free of charge “and as such all citizens should be vigilant and report anyone who comes to them with a proposal to sell Covid-19 vaccines”.

It assured the public that the Service, together with all its stakeholders, shall “ensure that all persons eligible for the vaccine get it free of charge”.

Ghana began the vaccination programme on Tuesday, March 2 and so far over 400,000 jabs have been given.

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By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana