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Polio: 4.5 million children expected to be vaccinated in first round

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About 4.5 million children under five years are expected to be vaccinated in the first round of the nationwide polio immunization exercise which started on Thursday.

Director General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma Aboagye said this when he visited Jumapo Health Centre in the New Juaben North Municipality of the Eastern Region to monitor the exercise.

Dr. Aboagye urged parents and caregivers to ensure that children under age five are immunized, because they are at greater risk of infection.

He spoke on reasons why the country is still recording cases of the disease.

The Acting New Juaben North Municipal Director of Health Services, Nana Yaa Konadu, said 15,000 children have been targeted to be immunized in the Municipality.

Touching on the COVID-19 pandemic, she said the Municipal Health Directorate has so far recorded 150 positive cases including 24 health personnel.

She added that they have been treated and discharged.

The Director General was accompanied by the Eastern Regional Health Service Director, Dr. Mrs. Alberta Biritwum Nyarko and other Regional Health Directors across the country.

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