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Pilot malaria vaccination to begin in 76 selected districts

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) together with the Ministry of Health and other partners are to pilot the malaria vaccine in 76 selected districts of Ghana this year (2019) as part of a global strategy towards the malaria elimination agenda.

Ghana is one of three African countries that have volunteered to pilot the vaccine RTS, S/AS01.

Deputy Director at the National Malaria Control Programme, James Frimpong who made this known in Kumasi gave assurance that enough mechanisms have been put in place by the project partners to protect the health and lives of people who will be participating in the exercise and therefore appealed for maximum cooperation.

He was addressing participants in a media capacity training workshop in Kumasi.

The malaria vaccine pilot implementation programme, expected to commence in April in the Central, Upper East, Volta and Ahafo regions, will be scaled up to other regions based on its success.

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