Accra to begin Polio vaccination on February 19

The Accra Metro Health Directorate (AMHD) is to begin a city-wide Inactive Polio Vaccine (IPV) immunization campaign to immunize children under five years against poliovirus type two.

The campaign dubbed: “IPV prevents all polio diseases; get your child vaccinated for good life” is in response to getting the cohort of children vaccinated against type 2 poliovirus after a switch to inactivated polio vaccine in 2016.

Head of Accra Metro Health Directorate, Dr Esi Therson-Cofie, who disclosed this said the campaign would begin from Wednesday 19th to Tuesday 25th February 2020.

According to her, the campaign was to ensure that children were better protected from all forms of polioviruses and also to increase the immunity of children around that age.

“The IPV campaign is to increase population immunity against poliovirus type and to prevent outbreak of polio in the country, “ she said.

She said children from 1 year 9 months to under 4 years old (21-47 months ) would be vaccinated adding that the vaccine would be administered by injection at the right shoulder.

Dr Esi Therson -Cofie urged Assembly members and all stakeholders to create the needed awareness on the benefits of the vaccine to ensure compliance.

Poliomyelitis or polio is a highly infectious viral disease which affects mainly young children and is transmitted from person-to-person through the faeco-oral route from contaminated water and food.

The virus multiplies in the intestine, from where it invades the nervous system and cause paralysis and even death in some cases.

The weakness most often involves the limbs but may rarely affect the muscles of the head, neck and diaphragm.


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