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Polio: Parents tasked to ensure wards are vaccinated

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The Country Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Owen Kaluwa, has underscored the need for caregivers and parents with children between two and four years to make them available for the ongoing type-two polio vaccination exercise in the Upper East Region to ensure full protection against poliomyelitis.

Dr. Kaluwa made the assertion when a team made of officials from UNICEF, WHO and the leadership of the Upper East Regional Health Directorate toured some communities where the polio vaccination is taking place.

The phase two of the polio vaccination across the Upper East Region which is targeted at children under five started on the 16th of October and it is expected to end tomorrow.

In order not to leave any child out of the exercise, about 1400 Community Health Volunteers and health personnel have been deployed by the regional health directorate to move from house to house, schools, and market centers among other places.

It will be recalled that on August 23 this year, the Ministry of Health,  reported a confirmed case of the poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in a two-year-old child from Andonyama, a Sub-district in Chereponi in the North East Region who developed acute flaccid paralysis on July 23, 2019.

The team led by the leadership of the Ghana Health Service in the region visited some communities in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality and the Kassena-Nankana West.

In an interview with GBC’s Radio Ghana, the Health Specialist at UNICEF, Dr. Peter Baffoe, expressed satisfaction over the performance of the ongoing vaccination exercise.

The Country Representative of the WHO, Dr. Owen Kaluwa, called on parents and caregivers with children under five, to make them available for the vaccination.

The Upper East Regional Director of the Ghana Health Services, Dr. Winfred Ofosu, said the target is to ensure that all children in the region got vaccinated.

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