A malaria vaccination trial is currently ongoing in 66 districts across the country.
The number of vaccines on the childhood immunization programme has also increased to 14.
These were disclosed by Dr. Parbie Abbeyquaye, a consultant pediatrician, when he was delivering a lecture at a public forum organized by the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
He said that the trials were targeted at babies who were between 6months old and 18months old.
“WHO and the minister have launched the expanded program on immunization in 1974, Ghana adopted this program two years later which was initially aimed at 6 childhood killer diseases. Currently, we have about 14 different vaccines on the childhood immunization program. Malaria is one of the vaccines that is also in trial and is currently being carried out in 66 districts in Ghana giving at 6,7,9 months and 18 months,“ he said.
Dr. Parbie Abbeyquaye also reiterated the need for the development of vaccines, saying that they were instrumental in the eradication of several infectious diseases.
He said that it was even critical in the case of children in local communities as a delay in the administration of vaccines could lead to death.
“Why vaccination has become very important is that it has led to the eradication and control of several infections. If we delay in giving the vaccinations they may lead to outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases in children. That is why we don’t delay because we have the infections in our midst more commonly” he emphasized.
He added that:
“If you don’t immunize your population very well it leads to a lot of the population not immunized. In Africa for instance, it has the top ten countries who have the highest number of unimmunized children and Nigeria tops this list,” he mentioned.