Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare
Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), said “Ghana doesn’t owe UNICEF because UNICEF is accredited to the purchase of drugs and other valuables on behalf of countries.”
Reports suggested that Ghana owed UNICEF, the international body that procures the vaccine, a huge sum of money.
Government’s inability to procure vaccines on time to restock hospitals that needed them caused a shortage in supply three weeks ago.
However, distribution commenced Wednesday, August 2, 2017.
Nursing mothers in Ghana had to wait for weeks before they could get their babies vaccinated against Polio and Measles.
Polio (poliomyelitis) is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus and mainly affects children under five. It invades the nervous system, and can cause total paralysis in a matter of hours.
The main reason due to which the virus transmitted person-to-person is mainly through the faecal-oral route or, less frequently, by a common vehicle (for example, contaminated water or food) and multiplies in the intestine.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in 200 infections leads to irreversible paralysis.
It adds that among those paralyzed, five per cent to 10 per cent die when their breathing muscles become immobilized.
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