On Thursday, the Ghana Health Service has started vaccinating more than 500,000 children under five years against poliomyelitis, the virus-causing crippling, and disease in the Western Region.
The last reported case of the polio virus in Ghana was back in 2001, and this program will be carried out nationwide.
Dr. Kofi Asemanyi-Mensah, the Western Regional Deputy Director of Public Health brief media in Takoradi about their strategy, added, the trained volunteers will visit houses to dispense polio vaccines to 90 children per day.
The aim of the house to house campaign is made possible only for those parents who might not be able to bring their children to Centre for vaccination.
Dr. Kofi said, the first phase of this year’s National Immunization programme would be held between Thursday, 18 September and Saturday, 2 October, while the second phase would come off between 30 October and 1 November, 2014.
To run this campaign successfully, the region has allocated GHC500, 000 and also appeal to the media to support the efforts of the Ghana Health Service to create awareness among the people.
He added, the World Health Organization annually spent one billion US dollars worldwide just on the polio campaigns to wipe out the virus completely.
The top three countries affected by the virus are Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. But, the virus is found in more than 125 countries with about 1,000 children paralyzing daily.
The polio cases have reduced by 99 per cent since started back in 1988 with the vaccine reaching over 2.5 billion children, and more than five billion disabilities had been prevented worldwide.
In the year 2014 alone, 146 polio cases have been reported worldwide, 128 only in endemic countries and 18 cases in the non-endemic countries.
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