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Public urged to fully participate in polio vaccination

Hohoe (V/R), Sept. 1, GNA – Traditional leaders, religious organisations and parents in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region have been urged to fully participate in the nationwide polio vaccination, which starts on Thursday, September 1. It is on...

Hohoe (V/R), Sept. 1, GNA – Traditional leaders, religious organisations and parents in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region have been urged to fully participate in the nationwide polio vaccination, which starts on Thursday, September 1.

It is on the theme: “Keep Polio Out of Ghana. Vaccinate Your Child Now!”.

Polio has been one of the diseases controlled in the past through immunisation to prevent children from contracting it.

Mr Daniel Noble Awume, the Hohoe Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), during the launch of the 2022 National Immunisation Day against Polio on Wednesday, said the vaccines had been approved and would be administered by trained personnel.

He called on traditional leaders to also help by sensitising their community members as a form of support towards the exercise to meet its target.

Madam Gift Asempa, the Hohoe Municipal Director of Health Services, said the vaccination would be in two rounds in response to the ongoing circulating Vaccine Derived Polio Virus type 2 (nVDPV2) outbreak.

She said the first round commenced on Thursday, September 1 and will end on Sunday, September 4, while the second one comes off on October 6 to 9, 2022.

Madam Asempa said the vaccination was a programme of the Ghana Health Service and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

The Service used the Novel Oral Polio Vaccine Type two (nOPV2), which was a weakened vaccine given orally, she said.

“The inactivated polio vaccines are very safe and will be administered orally by trained health personnel to children zero to 59 months.”

Madam Asempa said the exercise targeted about 42,000 children and called on the media to support the programme by creating public awareness on the need for parents to embrace the exercise and avail their children to be vaccinated.

Source: Ghana News Agency

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