Health workers from the Ghana Health Service and volunteers Saturday intensified their efforts to immunize children under five against the polio virus.
In the port city of Tema, some 29.7 km east of the national capital, officials of the Tema West Municipal Health Directorate joined other district health bodies in the Greater Accra region in the exercise to prevent an outbreak of the disease.
Health workers scattered in the Tema municipality were seen busily giving doses of the vaccine to children in schools and households, while the municipal health directorate and assembly officials monitored.
The Tema Municipal Chief Executive, Sally Quartey, helped the health workers undertake the exercise, praising the health directorate for working assiduously to achieve a high degree of coverage in the first phase of the project.
According to her, health matters were topmost in any human endeavors and would work hard to protect all children well in the municipality.
Quartey said regardless of the 97.8 percentage high coverage rate during the first phase of the project in the municipality, there were few records of non-compliance by some parents.
She said the exercise was both reactive and preventive and, therefore, asked parents to cooperate with health officials to ensure the success of the campaign.
Polio is one of the seven childhood killer diseases in the world and the exercise forms part of Ghana’s commitment to protect children under five in the country. Enditem