Polio vaccination launched to kick-start an emergency health alert

The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has vaccinated the first child in Greater Accra to kickstart response vaccination against polio.

The exercise follows the detection of the Acute Flaccid Paralysis which was a currier of the polio disease in a two-year-old child in the Northern Region, compelling the Ghana Health Service to declare an emergency health alert.

It has been 10 years since Ghana last recorded a polio case.

The launch of the campaign at the Agbogloshie Park at a brief ceremony was attended by stakeholders in Health Service, including the Ghana Health Service, World Health Organisation, traders and members of the Community, Joy News’ Hana Odame reported.

“We have teams of health workers and volunteers who will move from house to house, school to school, market to market, lorry station to lorry station, churches and mosques to vaccinate all eligible children under the ages of five years,” the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service announced at the launch.

Dr. Nsiah who encouraged all parents and guardians to take their children born between 2016 and 2018 to health centers for vaccination, has been outlining measures the county is taking to eradicate the disease.

Read his full speech below:

Remarks from the representative of the World Health Organisation posted below.



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