AFRICA/GHANA - COVID-19: Campaign to disprove false myths and encourage vaccination initiated by Catholic nuns

Friday, 25 February 2022 coronavirus   nuns  

Damian Avevor

Accra (Agenzia Fides) - "Our awareness campaign has helped to increase the number of people who have been vaccinated", says Sister Lucy Hometowu, superior general of the Sisters of Mary Mother of the Church, who is also an obstetrician and gynecologist, in presenting the campaign led by the Conference of Major Superiors of Religious in Ghana in collaboration with the Vatican COVID-19 Commission, to convince the population about the safety of vaccines.
In Ghana, nuns have worked hard to demystify the myth surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines, from denying the existence of the virus to various false side effects.
As of February 16, just over 15 percent of Ghana's 31 million people are fully vaccinated, according to the Coronavirus Resource Center of the Johns Hopkins University.
Sister Hometowu says that the Catholic nuns in Ghana have decided to launch the campaign to promote COVID-19 vaccination in the face of the resistance and fears of so many people to receive the vaccine despite the government's efforts to ensure sufficient doses for all. The sisters in Ghana are using a series of communication tools provided by the Vatican COVID-19 Commission for the campaign that is aimed at "countering disinformation related to COVID-19 and ensuring that accurate information on life-saving vaccines is distributed". "The campaign undertaken by about 80 sisters from various congregations is being carried out in specific areas to complement the government and National Health Service's response to COVID-19", explains Sister Hometowu.
Similar initiatives are undertaken by Catholic nuns also in other African countries, such as Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 25/2/2022)