Since 2003, there has been no documented case of death from measles in Ghana whilst the country has been free of polio since 2008. Whooping cough has also for several years not been recorded.
Statistics show that Ghana since the introduction and expansion of the nationwide child vaccination program has recorded a reduced figure in deaths from the 12 childhood killer diseases, hitting a national coverage of about 90%.
Program Manager of the Expanded Program on Immunization of the Ghana Health Service, Mr. George Bonsu at this year’s joint pre-launch press briefing on the African Vaccination and Child Health Promotion Week celebrations stated that notwithstanding of Ghana’s impressive strides and achievements in Child health, more work needs to be done to achieve zero death from the 12 killer childhood diseases. He added that all stakeholders must get involved to achieve the desired results.
“Everybody needs to be involved. It takes everybody, the government, our partners, health works, NGOs and the media to make sure that the last child is reached in this country”
Coordinator for the National Child Health program, Dr. Isabella Sagoe-Moses, in a presentation indicated that Ghana is poised to achieving its 2015 MDG target of 40 deaths per 1000 live births from the 2008 figure of 80 deaths per 1000 live births.
This year’s week commemoration begins from 5th May 2014 to 9th May 2014 and would be on the theme; Unite to Save Newborns; A Promise Renewed with the slogan “Vaccination – A shared responsibility”. The official launch will be held in the Upper East Region under the distinguished patronage of the Hon. Minister of Health, Mad. Sherry Ayitey.