PIX: Elder Dr Michael Owusu, Lead Researcher at the KNUST Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Diseases (KCCR) speaking to the media at the sidelines of the IPRAISE festival and Covid-19 vaccination programme
THE CHURCH of Pentecost English Assembly, Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC), Bompata branch last weekend shook the foundations of the Aboabo community with a three day festival of praise and worship music.
Popularly christened as “IPRAISE FESTIVAL”, the church brought together renowned musicians such as Kofi Peprah, Noble Nketia, Pastor Sammie Obeng Poku and the famous Soul Winners singing group to fellowship with members.
Climaxing the Ipraise festival on Sunday, the Soul winners group treated congregants and visitors to popular renditions of their previous albums including “Only Jesus can save you”, “Aboloo”, “No night in Zion and many others.
Lacing it up with some reggae tunes and ending up with some serious praise and danceable tunes for a solid one and half hours, the singing group brought to the dancing floor those noted for not dancing in the church.
The Church at the singing event also set up tables to screen and vaccinate persons who had not taken the Covid-19 jab as well as the boosters.
Taking their turns to take the Covid-19 vaccine, some of the elated congregation thanked the Church for using the occasion to sensitise them about the need to keep taking the jabs and boosters.
Speaking to the media, Elder Dr Michael Owusu, Lead Researcher at KNUST Centre for Collaborative Research into Tropical Diseases (KCCR) said it was important for people to go for the boosters being administered at various health centers across the country.
He noted that apart from the omicron variants of Covid-19 which is now known to have appeared, there were other forms of the viral disease which was killing many in China.
Dr Owusu therefore charged the Ghanaian public to take advantage of the availability of the vaccines in Ghana and take the jabs.
He said he had taken the vaccine and the boosters at every turn and was ready to make himself available anytime the need comes for him to take others.
The Researcher said Covid-19 was becoming a disease that has come to live with humans just like malaria and the rest.
“The earlier we tune our minds to adjust to the reality that Covid-19 has come to stay with us the better and therefore we should take advantage of the availability of the vaccines and get vaccinated anytime we are called upon to do so”, Dr Owusu stressed.
BY Michael Ofosu-Afriyie