The La Nkwantanang-Municipal Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) has launched the National Polio Immunization Programme at the Madina Polyclinic on Wednesday, August 31, 2022.
The launch brought together various stakeholders including Assembly members, teachers, religious leaders, nursing mothers and health practitioners to find ways of sensitizing the public ahead of the introduction of the Novel OPV vaccine type 2 (Nopv2) campaign
The exercise which commences on the 1st September, 2022 is expected to vaccinate over forty thousand children within the Municipality and will be done in two phases, the first phase starts from 1st to 4th September, with the second phase starting from 6th to 9th October, 2022.
The Municipal Health Director, Dr. Mrs. Priscilla Anima Poku, underscored the need for all to embrace the programme since the novel type 2 oral poliovirus vaccine is designed to respond to ongoing polio outbreaks.
She admonished parents with children under five years to protect their children by not missing out on the dates earmarked for the immunization exercise.
Dr. Mrs. Priscilla Poku called on both parents and children to develop the habit of keeping high hygienic standards and ensure clean environment at all times to help prevent children from contracting the polio virus.
On his part, the Presiding Member, Ishmaila Braimah Blay, who doubled as the Chairman for the occasion, expressed delight for the early introduction of the vaccine, and called on his colleague Assembly Members to carry the message to the people in their localities.