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Ghana Health Service Set To Embark On Childhood Immunization

According to the Ghana Health Service (GHS), the standard childhood immunization shot will be accessible in two weeks.

This is due to efforts being made to resupply the vaccines, according to GHS Director-General Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye.

“We have admitted that there is a shortage; we were hoping to receive it considerably sooner, but it was delayed… “

In an interview with Citi FM, he stated, “we are working with UNICEF and their other partners to make sure that over the next two weeks, we are able to get you the vaccines.

Mr. Aboagye claims that after the vaccine is delivered, all who require it will receive it.

He added that community announcements would be made to let people know the immunizations were available.

You may remember that the Ghana Health Service reported a scarcity of the vaccine used for routine pediatric immunizations.

They claim that the depreciation of the Ghana Cedi is to blame for the shortfall.

“We ran short of three essential conventional vaccines by the end of the year. The Measles-Rubella vaccine, Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG), and Polio vaccine 0 (OPV) were all intended to be purchased in the first quarter of the year, but the amount that was available was insufficient due to currency depreciation.

The oral polio vaccine 0 (OPV), the measles-rubella vaccine, the meningitis vaccine, and the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine are all given as part of the normal vaccination schedule.

Together with six infectious diseases that are particularly harmful for infants, vaccinations are also given for polio, hepatitis B, and haemophilus influenza type B (DPT/Hep B/Hib 1).

The Paediatric Society of Ghana, meantime, claims to have taken note of concerns of vaccination shortages around the nation with grave worry.

The Society stated in a statement dated February 22, 2023 that this was just the tip of the iceberg and that more than 90 cases had been documented in one big facility alone. Beyond the measles vaccination, other pediatric diseases like rotavirus, tuberculosis, and pneumococcal immunizations are also in low supply.


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