Ghana will receive measles vaccinations in two weeks: The Majority Chief Whip in Parliament, Frank Annoh-Dompreh says the country will take stock of some measles vaccines from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in the next two weeks.
Many regions of the nation have experienced a vaccination scarcity in recent months, despite assertions by the National Health Insurance Authority that more than GH70 million has been made available for the purchase of the vaccines.
Frank Annoh-Dompreh was responding to a comment made by Alhassan Suhuyini, the MP for Tamale North, about the measles outbreak in the Northern Region as a result of a lack of immunizations in the nation.
He asserted that the Government is dedicated to resolving the issue.
“It is a fact that it’s now three vaccines that are in shortage. The BCG, measles-rubella and oral polio. For all the other 10, we have enough in stock. I am also told that the Ministry has made some commitments. Some good monies have been paid to UNICEF and the vaccines relative to measles are delivered through air freight per the arrangements with UNICEF, the vaccines should arrive in a fortnight”.
Alhassan Suhuyini has expressed fear over the possible closure of schools in his constituency following the outbreak of Measles.
The lawmaker says schools in his constituency are likely to be closed down as a result of the shortage of vaccines in parts of the country.
“It’s beyond my area, and it’s alarming because it’s a very contagious disease, if care is not taken, very soon many schools will have to close down. It’s shameful that we should be talking about the outbreak of Measles given how far we have come. I’m greatly worried, it’s so disturbing that we couldn’t store the necessary vaccines for some of these preventable diseases.”
The Paediatric Society of Ghana last week disclosed that 120 cases of measles were recorded in the Northern Region by end of December 2022 due to the shortage of essential vaccines.
The shortage of vaccines has the potential to increase the vulnerability of children to the diseases the vaccines seek to protect them against.