Red Cross calls for more volunteers
Dr Agyekum Addo noted that the Ghana Red Cross Society had so far deployed 1,600 volunteers in selected regions in the country to support the campaign, which was still not enough, looking at the massive nature of the exercise.
He made the call when the society, led by the American Red Cross Regional delegate for Measles and Rubella in Africa, Dr William Mbabazi, visited some educational centres in the metropolis where the vaccination exercise was being carried out.
Some of the centres they visited included the Ransom Nursery School, and Kiddie Class Educational Centre, both at Dansoman. All children between nine months and 15 years were vaccinated.
He noted that despite the great strides made since the measles initiative began in 2001, measles still remained a leading childhood killer disease, especially in developing countries.
He said Ghana still remained vulnerable ‘as countries within the sub region continue to report cases’.
Dr Agyekum Addo, who is also the CEO of the KAMA Group of Companies, said the mass vaccination exercise was being undertaken together with the Ghana Health Service.
He said the initiative was reaching vulnerable people in the most distant communities nationwide.
The Greater Accra Managing Director of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Eric Asamoah Darko, urged parents to ensure that their children were not only vaccinated, but should obtain documentation to that effect, in order to avoid double vaccination.
He said the responsibility was not only on the implementation partners, but ‘We all have a civic responsibility of ensuring that our children are protected from all diseases’.
Mrs Elisabeth Adjirackor, a Principal Nursing Officer at the public health division of the Ablekuma Sub-Metro of the Ghana Health Service, was putting every possible measure in place to ensure that the disease was reduced to its barest minimum.
She said 42 per cent of the Ghanaian population were targeted during the nationwide exercise , adding that any delay in tackling the disease could lead to an outbreak, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
He urged all parents, care takers, and heads of institutions to support the initiative and assured the people of Ghana that the vaccines had been tested by the GHS,and that they were truly certified.
By Emmanuel Baah/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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