The Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament Dr Sidie Tunis has called on citizens of member states to take the COVID-19 vaccines and shun all forms of conspiracy theories because they are very safe.
He made the call at the Second Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament on Monday in Winneba, Ghana.
Dr Tunis said the call to get vaccinated became necessary as the number of cases continue to surge.
As at October 14th, the West African Health Organization (WAHO) had reported a total of 649,077 cases across the region.
According to Tunis, the number was considerably high although the third wave of the disease was stabilizing.
He called on citizens to get vaccinated whenever there was availability.
“We seize this moment to appreciate our partners under the COVAX initiative and friendly Governments that have donated doses to African Countries.
“However, the percentage of African population fully vaccinated, which is a little over 2.47%, according to the Africa Center for Disease Control, is appallingly low, compared to those unvaccinated.
“Much as the unavailability of the vaccine is an issue to consider, we also frown at the conspiracy theories that have created fear of the vaccines in our population.
“I therefore, wish to use this podium, to send a clear message to our citizens that the vaccines are safe and should be taken once they are available,” Tunis said.
result of the pandemic
Tunis said that the Parliament has continued to examine the COVID-19 pandemic more closely and was concerned about the region falling deeper into recession as a result of the pandemic which would ultimately erase the progress made over the past two decades.
The Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament Alban Bagbin, urged Members of Parliament to recommend programmes that would alleviate the sufferings of the citizens, especially as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic while considering the budget.
Babgin who was represented by Joesph Osei-Owsu said that the recommendations would largely influence the budgetary implementation for the proposed programmes and activities of the institution.
“I wish to emphasise that your programmes should alleviate the sufferings of the citizens and reduce their burdens in these trying times.
“Especially those adversely impacted by the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We must continue to address poverty in all its ramification and create job opportunities for the people,” Babgin said.
The Second Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament is to consider and adopt the Parliament’s Draft Budget for next year, 2022.
Reporting by Idara Ukpanyang; Editing by Tina Oyinsan