According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, he is concerned about the nation’s present scarcity of some childhood vaccines.
In his State of the Nation Address to Parliament on Wednesday (March 8, 2023) he pledged to see to it that emergency supplies of these immunizations are obtained and provided.
“I must say, however, that the current shortage of some childhood vaccines in the country has concerned me greatly. This shortage, if prolonged, will affect negatively Ghana’s Childhood Immunisation Programme, which has been recognised as one of the most successful in the world.”
According to the president the WHO has only recently expressed worry about a steady decline in measles vaccination coverage globally, because of the concentration on the fight against COVID-19.
“In accordance with our desire not to become part of this global trend, Government has taken steps to ensure that stocks of these vaccines are procured and supplied, as a matter of emergency. The Ghana Health Service has developed an elaborate programme to catch up on children who have missed their vaccinations immediately after stocks arrive.”
“Mr Speaker, I want to encourage all parents and caregivers to ensure that eligible children are vaccinated, once this programme begins.”
“Vaccinations should be available to all children. Thankfully, no children have perished from the epidemic so far, he said.