The lack of vaccines for infants in Ghana has been addressed by Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, the country’s minister of health.
On Tuesday, March 7, 2023, Agyeman-Manu stated that the vaccine scarcity is not unique to Ghana during a news conference in Accra.
He claims that the COVID-19 pandemic is causing a worldwide shortage of immunizations, and the World Health Organization has verified this (WHO).
He stated that the COVID-19 pandemic forced the majority of vaccine making companies to focus their efforts on the development of COVID-19 vaccines, which is now having an impact on the supply chain for vaccines used in infant immunization.
“it is true we have had some vaccine shortages in the country since the last quarter of 2022. The vaccines in short supply are BCG, Measles-Rubella (MR), and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV). This shortage is nationwide.
“The recent shortage in vaccines for measles, as regrettable as it is, is symptomatic of the steady global decline in measles vaccination since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
The minister also denied claims that the lack of vaccines is a consequence of the government owing vendors money.
He continued by saying that the government is making every effort to improve the present situation and that some immunizations will be imported within a short period of time.
No kid has perished as a consequence of the vaccine scarcity, according to Agyeman-Manu.