Health Promotions Officer of the Ayawaso West Municipal Health Directorate, Naomi Odonkor has confirmed the arrival of vaccines to various sub-regions in the constituency to facilitate immunization against childhood diseases such as Measles and Poliomyelitis.
The arrival of the vaccines was part of the Ghana Health Service’s initiative to regionally distribute the vaccines that arrived on 11th March, 2023. The vaccines were brought to counter the nationwide shortage of vaccines in the country, a situation that raised concerns across the country and increased the vulnerability of children to vaccine-preventable diseases. The vaccines, that have been short in supply since the last quarter of last year, are Measles-Rubella, Oral Poliomyelitis Vaccine (OPV) and Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) for tuberculosis (TB).
Naomi Odonkor assured members of the constituency on the availability of the vaccines in the hospitals and various Community Health and Planning Services (CHPS) compounds. According to her, the vaccines have already been distributed to various sub-districts and municipals in the district, as well as various parts of the country.
“With the shortage of vaccines currently, [vaccines] have been brought to the country and our disease control officers have gone to the region to pick the vaccines on Monday. So we have distributed it to our various subdistricts, sub-municipals in the district and other parts of the country. I think everyone has the vaccines now, but pertaining to Ayawaso west, we have all the vaccines available, that is the measles, the yellow fever, the BCG and the polio.”
Naomi Odonkor further shared the various health centers the childhood immunization is being administered in the constituency. According to her, these centers include the Nyaho Medical Center, Airport Women, University of Ghana Hospital, University of Ghana Medical Center and all the Community Health and Planning Service (CHPS) compounds in the country. She also urged mothers to visit any nearest medical center to get their children vaccinated.
“Our various sub-regions where mothers can get the vaccines readily available is the Nyaho Medical Center, Airport Women, University of Ghana Hospital, University of Ghana Medical Center and all the Community Health and Planning Service compounds in the constituency.”