Ghana to immunize 5.4 million children against polio
Over five million Ghanaian children are expected to be immunized against poliomyelitis (polio) by the Ghana Health Services beginning on Thursday, the Director of Polio Immunization Programme, Dr Kwadwo Antwi Adjei has announced in Accra on Tuesday.
According to him, the three-day programme is expected to immunize children from five years of age and that 45,000 volunteers have been trained to undertake the exercise from schools to market places as well as various homes across the country.
Dr Antwi Adjei said polio immunisation which began in 1996 had been successful. He said Ghana was on the verge of becoming polio free since 2008. He however disclosed that there was a reported case in 2009 which investigation revealed was imported from Nigeria which later affected eight children in the country.
He contended that the country would continue to immunize children so far as neighbouring countries continue to experience cases of the disease.