The Director-General of Ghana Health Service, Anthony Nsiah-Asare, has vaccinated the first child in Greater Accra to kick-start response vaccination against polio.
The exercise follows the detection of the Acute Flaccid Paralysis which was a carrierr of the polio disease in a two-year-old child in the Northern Region, compelling the Ghana Health Service to declare an emergency health alert.
Earlier, the GHS disclosed that it detected poliomyelitis in three regions in Ghana, Greater Accra Region, Upper East and the North East Region.
For more than a decade Ghana has enjoyed polio free until last July and August this year Agbogloshie, Kyereponi and Tamale.
Speaking at the launch of the polio vaccination campaign at Abgogloshie in Odododiodio Constituency in Greater Accra region, the Director General of Ghana Health Service Dr. Nsiah Asare said the polio vaccination will start in Greater Accra region from today till 14 September 2019.
He said the exercise is free of charge and the vaccine is not contaminated with any disease but will help prevent children from being affected.
Dr. Nsiah Asare said children below five (5) years are the targeted ones for this polio vaccination exercise.
Dr. Nsiah encouraged all parents and guardians to take their children, born between 2016 and 2018 to health centers for the vaccination.
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