Ghana Health Service to begin polio vaccination campaigns in Ashanti Region

 

The Ashanti Regional Health directorate has begin series of vaccination campaigns against polio outbreak to prevent the spread of the virus in high risk areas among children under five.
The first phase which is termed ‘first round would be taking place on Thursday, 1st September to Sunday 4th September,2022 while the second round would be taking place on 9th October,2022.

The campaign for this polio vaccination exercise is the nOPV2(Noval Oral Polio Virus vaccine).

Dr Emmanuel Tenkorang, the Ashanti Regional Health Director, who disclosed this today Wednesday, 31st August, said teams of health workers and volunteers would move from house to house, schools, markets, lorry stations, churches and mosques to vaccinate all eligible children under 5 years.

He said there would also be fixed posts at health facilities, regular weighing centers and other designated areas during the four day vaccination period.
He said the Service intends to carry out round one of the campaign from September 1st to September 4th in some selected districts while
“Round two, scheduled for October, 9 this year would also cover all the district in the Ashanti Region,” he said.

He said the vaccination was free of charge saying: “I wish to assure the general public that the vaccine is safe and effective to prevent type2 polio and protect children from the disabling and potentially deadly disease, hence the effort to encourage all parents and caregivers to ensure their children under 5 years of age are vaccinated during these exercises”.


Dr Tenkorang thanked the media and all who have contributed to bring Ghana especially the Ashanti Region this far in the journey to eradicate polio.

By Akwadaa Nyame ( Silver Fm)

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