Ghana Health Service to embark on inactivated polio vaccination

Accra, Feb. 17, GNA – The Greater Accra
Regional Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service is to undertake
Inactivated Polio Vaccination (IPV) campaign beginning Wednesday, February 19,
to Tuesday, February 25, 2020.

It is part of the nationwide campaign
targeting children aged between 21 months and 47 months.

A press release issued on Monday, signed by
Dr Charity Sarpong, the Greater Accra Regional Director of Health Services,
said: “In July 2019, a wild Polio Virus was confirmed in the environmental
surveillance sample from the Tamale Koblimaghu drain in the Tamale Metro of the
Northern Region of Ghana.”

”And in August 2019 another wild Polio Virus
was confirmed in an Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) case in Ando Nyamanu
Community in the Chereponi District.”

on August 13, 2019 the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR)
also isolated a wild Polio Virus from a single

sample collected from the Agbogbloshie
environmental surveillance site in the Greater Accra Region.”

 “Since then there has been confirmation of
wild Polio Virus from some environmental surveillance samples in other
districts within the Greater Accra Region and also in some regions in the

In response to this, the Ministry of Health
and other health partners embarked on mOPV-2 reactive Vaccination campaign in
the Greater Accra Region and the country as a whole.

In the Greater Accra Region two rounds of
mOPV-2 reactive campaigns were embarked on September 11 to 14, and then
September 25 to 28, 2019.

The IPV campaign is, therefore, to reinforce
the 2019 mOPV-2 reactive vaccination campaign.

This is an injection, which would be given
on the right shoulder of all Children eligible for the vaccine at all Public
Health facilities and designated points in the communities in all 29 districts
of the


“It is very essential that every eligible
child receives the IPV during this campaign for protection, irrespective of
their routine immunisation status.”

It said polio is a deadly disease that can
paralyse and even cause death, and the IPV vaccination prevents that.

“The IPV is an extremely safe and effective
vaccine that has been used successfully in many countries for several decades.
Polio Vaccine, given multiple times can protect a child for life and is not
harmful,” the release said.

It encouraged people to always wash their
hands with soap under running water, especially after using the toilet,
cleaning the baby’s buttocks, before eating or preparing food, before feeding
the baby, and before serving meals.