A/R: New vaccines introduced To Eradicate Polio

Dr,. Emmanuel Tenkorang, Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services.

The Ghana Health Service says it has introduced a new vaccine into routine immunization starting from June 1, 2018.

The vaccine according to the service will be given to children for extra protection. According to the service the vaccine, Inactivated Polio Vaccine(IPV) will be given to children for extra protection

At a press briefing in Kumasi on Monday May, 28, Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Emmanuel Tenkorang said over 200,000 children are expected to be vaccinated with Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV) along with the Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) aimed at reducing the effects of polio on children.

He explained:”… the oral one was live attenuated vaccine, it is part of the vaccines that usually can cause side effects compared to what we are going to introduce now.

“So, in terms of the safety profile what we are introducing now is better and safer than what we’ve been using previously which is the oral vaccine,” he added.

Dr. Tenkorang also indicated that the vaccine will be administered at all the GHS immunisation centers in the region.

He said the exercise, will engage the services of health workers and community health volunteers at Child Welfare Clinics across the region.

Dr. Tenkorang entreated parents to take advantage of the exercise to protect their children against the deadly disease.

About Polio

Poliomyelitis, often called polio or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease caused by the poliovirus.

In about 0.5 percent of cases there is muscle weakness resulting in an inability to move.

 

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