The first phase of the polio immunization which is termed as ‘round zero’ has begun to ensure that children who are eligible are vaccinated from the polio disease. The vaccine is to fight and protect children from being infected by the said virus.
The exercise came as a result of the virus detected in gutters within the tamale and Accra metropolises. In environmental surveillance, it was indicated that the disease will be on a rise within these two regions.
The Ghana health service, therefore, launched a campaign to help fight the virus in ensuring that every Ghanaian child is free from the poliovirus. Speaking with madam Beatrice Adama Iddrisu, a principal nursing officer of public health at the usherfort polyclinic in Accra, made it known that the polyclinic lacks refrigerators in storing the vaccine. The only working refrigerator is used to serve the whole Ashiedu keteke submetro, they also lack carrier vaccines as well as buses to convey vaccinators from one place to the other.
They, therefore, appealed to the authorities to come to their aid in ensuring the smooth running of the campaign.
By: Mabel Sowah