Over 300,000 Children in Volta Gets Polio Vaccine

Over 300,000 children under five years in the Volta Region benefitted from Immunization against Polio, one of six childhood killer diseases in Ghana.

Polio Vaccine
Polio Vaccine

Vitamin A capsules were administered to children from six months to boost their immune system and protect their eye sight.

Polio Vaccine
Polio Vaccine

The immunisation which was part of a national campaign ended on 24th, October, 2015.

The campaign which was under the auspices of the Extended Programme on Immunisation (EPI), had about 24,000 volunteers nationwide, going from house-to-house in all 108 districts to give the free polio vaccine to children under five years.

The campaign which was a mob-up to reach the missed children in the last programme was the 50th undertaken by the country since it was started in 1996.

The Volta Regional Polio Coordinator, Godwin Afegbe said in the Volta region, they targeted about 368,062 in 21 out 35 districts. He however noted that the actual reach will be made available as soon as it was ready.

The Rotary Club Ho led by its President, Susanna Kudjoe donated 50 boxes of mineral water to the Ho Municipal Health Directorate to support the exercise in the municipality.

The President assured that the Club will continue to raise funds to support Polio and other maternal and child health programs in the region.

The club as usual played a supervisory role and joined volunteers and health personnel to administer Polio vaccines to children in the Ho Municipality.

She noted that Polio eradication is Rotary International’s Signature Project started in 1988 by the World Health Organization. So far the fight against a Polio free world is almost won with only two countries left to go; thus Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Ho Municipal Health Director, Dr. Atsu Seake Kwaw who received the donated items, expressed gratitude to the Club on behalf of the Ghana Health Service (GHS).

He said Ghana which is targeting about 3 million children was joining other West African countries in the Sub regional National Immunization Days as part of an ‘End Game Strategy’ to eradicate the disease.

Reports from the Ghana Health Service (GHS) indicates that Ghana had succeeded in stamping out polio for seven consecutive years (since 2008), a feat which had been achieved through quality routine immunization and periodic mass campaigns, as well as intensified surveillance for acute flaccid paralysis cases under the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) of the Ghana Health Service.

By Kwadwo Duodu, Ho ([email protected])


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