Dr. Mrs. Charity Sarpong
Nine hundred and eighty nine thousand, five hundred and fifty eight children less than five yrs have been immunized in opposition to polio in the first period of the emergency polio reaction vaccination marketing campaign in the Increased Accra region.
The active vaccination campaign undertaken from the 11th to 14th September 2019, exceeded the regional estimate of 988,615 youngsters, representing 100.03 for each cent of the focused populace in the cash.
The emergency vaccination exercising by the Ghana Health Assistance and the Ministry of health and fitness was to avoid human transmission of the virus right after it was detected in the Agbogbloshie atmosphere in the Increased Accra Location by the National Polio Laboratory at the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Health-related Analysis.
In advance of the discovery of the virus in the Cash on 8th July, 2019, Variety 2 circulating Polio Virus was confirmed from an environmental sample acquired on 11th June 2019 from the drain in Koblimahgu environmental web site which is one of the 2 websites in the Northern Area.
The pressure was linked to one particular isolated from a situation of Acute Flacid Paralysis (AFP) in Nigeria in 2018 which resulted in enhance surveillance and active circumstance research in the nation.
Information from the overall health assistance uncovered that on 17th August, 2019, a polio circumstance in a two-several years eight-months outdated female in Chereponi, Northern Region was recorded, triggering a nationwide crisis response together with advocacy, interaction and social mobilization on vaccination and environmental cleanliness.
Head of the Bigger Accra Regional Health and fitness Directorate, Dr. Charity Sarpong, who disclosed this in an interview with DGN On the web, mentioned the detection of the virus and response attests to the solid surveillance technique of the wellbeing sector.
She claimed the first period of the marketing campaign which was also carried out in the northern areas deployed the use of health officers as effectively as volunteers in the marketing campaign.
Dr. Sarpong claimed so considerably there has been excellent response from the community, adding that a more good reaction would be needed in the second section of the campaign scheduled to acquire area from 25th to 28th September 2019.
She explained the campaign was distinctive of the regimen immunization of small children, stating that small children below the age of five irrespective of the vaccination they have acquired and the time it was offered should be permitted to be supplied the polio vaccine.
“It is harmless and will not interfere with the child’s well being,” she included.
Dr. Sarpong further identified as for general public adherence to good sanitation which is a main aspect in the transmission of the viral ailment.
“Polio is an infectious condition that impacts the two children and grown ups, but children underneath 5 years of age are most at risk since it can paralyze and even bring about death,” she explained.
She indicated that Polio has no overcome, but can only be prevented through immunization, fantastic hygiene and sanitation practices.
“It enters the body through h2o or food that has been contaminated with contaminated faeces, when you see indications and indicators of fever, exhaustion, headache, vomiting, stiffness in the neck, discomfort and weakness in the limbs of young children make sure you report to the nearest overall health facility,” she stated.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri