About 29,000 children are expected to be immunized against measles-Rubella in Cape Coast in the six days national immunization campaign which begun yesterday.
The Cape Coast Metropolitan Health Directorate launched the Immunization Campaign within the metropolis yesterday. The six-day exercise which will end on Monday, 22nd October has support from the World Health organization, the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service.
A Nurse initiates the immunisation process as the Queen of Anomabo, Nana Mbroba Dabo I comforts the child
Measles is one of the most contagious diseases ever known and is a cause of death and disability among young children worldwide while Rubella is widely noted for causing severe birth defects.
To eradicate the disease from communities, the Measles & Rubella Initiative was formed in 2000 to lead the campaign.
While significant progress has been made since this initiative, approximately 246 die from measles related complications each day, or 10 deaths every hour. Yet measles can be completely prevented with two doses of a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine.
Deputy Central Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Karikari charged parents to get involved in the immunization exercise to avert any defects or death of their children.
The Deputy Central Regional Director of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Kwame Karikari speaking at the launch
A parent asking a question during an open forum time
The central regional minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, in a speech read on his behalf by an Assistant Director at the Regional Coordination Council, Allan Paintsil, lauded the initiative saying it has come to save children in the country.
Source: KOJO DEI/ATL FM NEWS