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The Ministry of Health, through the Ghana Health Service, and partners are vaccinating children against polio in Ghana to prevent the spread of the virus.

The polio immunisation campaign is being conducted in all 179 districts within eight regions.

More than four and a half million children who are less than five years are targeted to be vaccinated.

All districts in Ashanti, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Volta, Upper West, Western, and Western North regions will participate in the campaign from Thursday, September 10-13.

Immunisation teams will move from house to house to immunise all children from birth to five years against polio.

The objectives of the exercise are to stop local transmission of the poliovirus type 2, maintain a high population immunity, strengthen surveillance on the polio disease, and prevent further polio outbreaks in the country.

Meanwhile, Deputy Director of Public Health, at the Ghana Health Service, Dr Kofi Asemanyi-Mensah has asked parents to avail their children for the immunization process.

According to him, the strategy for the campaign will be based on a house to house method of immunisation.

Dr Asemanyi- Mensah said since 2008, the country has been free from the wild-polio virus as no case has been recorded. However, nine out of the sixteen regions in the country have reported 30 cases of non-wild poliovirus in humans and this has necessitated the mOPV2 campaign to combat the further spread of the virus among children.

Touching on some of their challenges, Dr. Asemanyi- Mensah mentioned low vaccination coverage and poor sanitation conditions as major factors impeding their work.

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