By Isaac Newton Tetteh GNA
Sept.07, GNA - The Greater Accra and the Northern Regions are set to embark on
a two phased emergency polio immunization exercise beginning from Wednesday, 11th September to Saturday 14th September 2019.
phase is expected to commence from 25th to 28th September 2019.
In an interview
with the Ghana News Agency, Mrs Rita frimpong Amenyo , Kpone Katamanso
Municipal Health Director, revealed that, the Acute Flacid Paralysis which was
a currier of the polio desease had been detected in a two year old child in the
noted that an environmental stream of polio had also been detected in a gutter
in the Northern Region and Agbogbloshie in the Greater Accra Region, a
situation she said had compelled the Ghana Health Service to declare the
condition as an emergency health alert.
her, Ghana had attained the status of "polio free country" and that
it was imperative that the health directorate fought the disease to protect the
future of the children below the age of five who could be victims.
stated that, the environmental health
surveillance team's report which showed that the virus was in the
system, pointed to the fact that some children where not protected during the previous exercises but added that
most newly born babies where given oral polio vaccines.
Health Director revealed that some faecal matter was collected from some gutters
and confirmed to be contaminated with the polio virus.
She called on
Ghanaians to take their sanitation issues very serious.
that the Supplementary Immunization Activity (SIA) was targeted at all children
below the age of five in schools ,prayer camps ,churches, market places and
also at the various health centres.
children are expected to be immunized in the Kpone -Katamanso Municipality
during the four day SIA by the Ghana