The Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) has been launched and kick-started in the western region with a call on mothers to send their babies from 14 weeks to the nearest child health centers to be immunized.
The IPV is a new vaccine introduced into the routine immunization system to augment the current Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV), as an intensive effort to end polio cases in Ghana.
The current OPV given orally has been used in Ghana since 1988 and is widely acclaimed to have been very successful in achieving the about 99 percent eradication mark against polio in the country.Launching the programme in Takoradi, the Deputy Director – Public Health, Dr. Kofi Assiama-Mensah mentioned that the IPV “though expensive, is more safer any gives more protection to the kids moreover it’s widely used and accepted by the World Health Organization”.
According to him, Ghana has achieved about 99 percent polio eradication and the introduction of the IPV is to strengthen the immunisation exercise to achieve the 100 percent target, noting that since 2008, Ghana had not recorded any polio case.
Reading a speech on behalf of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Frank Yeboah who is the Takoradi Sub-Metro Director said interventions like immunisation have proved very effective over the years in Ghana against several childhood diseases such as Polio and Measles.He observed that Afghanistan, Pakistan and nearby Nigeria were still polio endemic countries and therefore, even countries like Ghana that have made remarkable strides in polio eradication still remained in danger.
He said it was for that reason that all mothers should ensure that their children under 5 years were immunised especially that of the IPV to boost the immunity as well as meningitis at age 18 months.
Kojo Ennimil Arthur |Spicefmonline.com |Ghana