The Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah on Thursday paid a working visit to some health centres and communities in the metropolis to monitor and assess the first-round polio immunization exercise for children under five (5) years which began today.
The first round which is expected to end on Sunday, September 13, aims at boosting the children’s immunity against the poliovirus.
The vaccination exercise follows a confirmed case of vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2) in a two-year-old child from Andonyama in the Chereponi District of the North East Region on August 23, 2019, developed acute flaccid paralysis on July 23, 2019.
The health centres and communities the Mayor visited include the Kaneshie Polyclinic, Mount Zion Methodist Chapel in Korle Gonno as well as Bukom and its environs.
Speaking to journalists, Mayor Sowah said the goal of his participation in the exercise was to trigger interest, spread the message and get parents and guardians to bring their children for vaccination.
He emphasised that the aim of the exercise was to, first of all, ensure that every child under the age of five was vaccinated and ultimately eradicate polio adding that the government could not sit aloof for children to live with diseases which were curable.
He noted that as part of efforts to sensitise and inform the general public of the exercise the Metro Information Services Department (ISD) had begun public announcement in all communities within the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
He called on his colleague Chief Executive Officers in all Metropolitan Municipal and District Assemblies in the country to join and support the vaccination teams to rally all citizens behind the exercise in order to eradicate polio from the country.
Head of the AMA Health Directorate, Dr Esi Therson-Cofie, said for the last 10 years Ghana was polio-free but started recording cases in the Northern and Greater Accra Regions hence the need to vaccinate all children against the virus.
She disclosed that about 600 vaccinators and social mobilizers had been engaged to visit every home in the city to undertake the exercise to protect children adding that the vaccine which was being administered orally was safe.
Dr Esi Therson-Cofie assured that vaccinators would observe all the COVID-19 protocols and urged parents to make their children available to be vaccinated.