Ghana borrowed babies’ vaccines from Nigeria – Ablakwa alleges

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The immunizations Ghana received over the weekend were allegedly from Nigeria, according to Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, the member of parliament representing the North Tongu constituency.

He claimed it was a gesture of goodwill in response to Ghana’s present immunization problems, but it will be replaced.

On Saturday, March 11, Ghana received the first shipment of measles vaccines, BCG vaccines, and oral polio vaccines to help with the severe scarcity that has plagued the nation since October 2022.

Despite the fact that Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Minister of Health, stated in Parliament last week that UNICEF had been paid to supply the vaccines within the following three weeks, the North Tongu lawmaker encouraged government to be open with Ghanaians.

According to him “consignment came in from Nigeria as a benevolent gesture which the Ghanaian government has promised to replace when it finally puts its house in order. There is absolutely nothing wrong saying THANK YOU to a neighbour who exhibits superior public health policies, better prioritization, and who responds positively and swiftly when you come begging”.

“Ghanaian officials should not be concealing this fact and therefore appearing ungrateful within the comity of nations even though I acknowledge that an honest and transparent narrative from government will further expose false claims by President Akufo-Addo during his Message on the State of the Nation last week that childhood vaccine shortage was a global phenomenon,” Mr. Ablakwa posted on his Facebook page.

Mr. Ablakwa further attributed the shortages that have put many newborns in danger to the government’s incompetence and blatant disregard for the World Health Organization’s warning sometime last year.

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