Ghana to vaccinate over 130,000 children against CSM

Ghana on Wednesday began vaccination of children against cerebrospinal meningitis (CSM), a deadly and infectious disease induced by intense heat, targeting some 134,917 children in the Upper East region alone.

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The one-week exercise, which is targeted at children between the ages of one to four years, comes after the disease claimed eight lives among some 78 reported cases in the area in 2015 with several more cases recorded also early 2016.

The Ghana Health Service and its development partners are working towards reducing meningitis related mortality by ensuring that the population is protected against the devastating effects of epidemics.

A team of health workers has been engaged to carry out the exercise, with at least 280 children expected to be vaccinated daily within the period.

The campaign is also expected to take place in the Northern and the Upper West regions simultaneously.

CSM is an acute inflammation of the protective membranes that cover the brain and the spinal cord with symptoms like headache and neck stiffness associated with fever, vomiting and inability to tolerate light and loud noises.

The disease is considered a medical emergency because of the deadly threat it poses to the patient.

The three regions in northern Ghana lie within the meningitis belt and the disease has had very devastating effects on the country for the past hundred years.

The Director of Health Services at the Upper East Region, Dr Kofi Issah, appealed to parents, caregivers, guardians and chiefs to help bring children out for the dose as the vaccine is to protect children to grow into healthy citizens. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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