Ghana Health Service, UNICEF And WHO Start Polio Vaccination In Ghana


Round two of the polio vaccination exercise started today in three regions and it is expected to end on Saturday, September 28.

The Ghana Health Service, the World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) teamed up to start the second round of the #polio vaccination campaign in the Northern, Upper East and Greater Accra Regions.

Various teams visited households and schools to vaccinate children against polio and educate them on how to prevent the spread of the disease.

At a stakeholder meeting to update the media on measures put in place by the Ghana Health Service and its partners on how it’s addressing the reported cases of polio in the country, Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Charity Sarpong, indicated the service has intensified surveillance.

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“In order to prevent further transmission, a comprehensive response that includes communication, advocacy and social mobilization on vaccination environmental hygiene is been intensified.”

The meeting also looked at ways the media can help in educating the populace on polio and how people can prevent it.

Dr Sarpong noted the polio vaccine can be given multiple times and urged parents to have their children vaccinated to help Ghana’s quest to eradicate polio.

“Polio vaccine given multiple times can protect a child for life.”

Ghana for the past ten years has been polio-free.

However, on 17 August this year, a case was confirmed at Chereponi in the Northern Region.

Polio is an infectious disease which may affect the spinal cord causing muscle weakness and paralysis.

It affects both children and adults but children under 5 are most at risk.

The poliovirus is passed on from person to person through faeces.

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