The Ministry of Health has announced that a second round of the polio vaccination campaign will be conducted from Thursday, October 8 to Sunday 11, 2020.
The Ministry of Health together with the Ghana health service and other partners conducted the first round of the third phase of the polio vaccination campaign from 10th to 13th September 2020.
Polio is a vaccine-preventable infectious disease that causes paralysis and death in extreme cases. It is interesting to note that polio affects both children and adults, but children under 5 years are most at risk.
The sub-national immunization day against polio type 2 was conducted in 8 regions: Ashanti, central, greater Access, Volta, upper west, western, and western north regions. Out of about 4.6 million children from birth to under 5 years who were targeted for the campaign, approximately 95% were vaccinated.
The ministry’s target is to vaccinate over 4 and half-million children who are less than 5 years across the various districts in Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Upper West, Volta, Western, and Western North.
The Ministry has assured Ghanaians that trained immunization teams will move from house to house to immunize all children from birth to five years against polio.
The ministry of health is therefore entreating the general public to observe personal hygiene and good sanitation practices and is calling for Ghanaians to come on board to ensure that their children receive all lifesaving interventions and are protected against vaccine-preventable diseases.
Story by: Grace Efia Ofua Arkoh | universnewsroom.com