GHANA INTRODUCING NEW VACCINE TO COMBAT MENINIGITIS

Ghana’s Ministry of Health is introducing the MenAfricVac-1 vaccine into the country’s immunization programme to help combat the outbreak of meningitis, says Dr. Yaw Ofori Yeboah, the Deputy Director of Public Health in Volta Region (Province).

The MenAfricVac-1 is the 13th vaccine to be made available to children throughout the country to protect them against a specific sub-group of meningitis, the Sero-group A, Dr Yeboah told a media briefing Friday in the regional capital, Ho.

Noting that the Sero-group A is a major cause of meningitis, which has killed more than a 1,000 people in Ghana, he stressed that the new vaccine is safe and has been tested in the three northern regions of the country.

He assured that systems are in place within the Health Service to manage issues during the immunization.

Dr Ofori Yeboah also voiced concern over the increasing number of women, especially in rural areas, who are delivering their babies outside health facilities, and called for intensified education for all expectant mothers to ensure that they have their deliveries at health facilities and have their children immunised.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.