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Ghana Health Service Commences Polio Vaccination in Upper West Region


The Upper West Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Demien Punguyirie, says the Ghana Health Service has launched the polio vaccination campaign for children under five years. He said the campaign is in collaboration with partners of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and other development partners.


Dr. Punguyirie said this at a press briefing in Wa yesterday. He noted that the exercise which began since 2019 was terminated due to the outbreak of the Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic in the country.


According to Dr Punguyirie noted that effective personal hygiene practices such as regular hand washing with soap under running water could prevent contracting the polio virus.


The Surveillance Officer at the World Health Organisation, Dr. Michael Adjabeng noted that there is a system to address adverse effects should they occur.


Round one of the campaign is scheduled to take place Thursday, from September ten to Sunday, September 13 2020 in eight regions including Upper West Region.


The second round will take place vaccination campaign will take place from October eight to October eleven 2020. An estimated 173,693 children in the region are expected to be vaccination during the campaign.

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