Ghana: Vaccines arrive following reports of measles outbreak


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Ghana’s health services announced on Sunday that childhood vaccines such as BCG (tuberculosis), OPV (polio) and measles, as well as necessary devices such as syringes, have been received after being reported to be in short supply for a period of time.

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The delivery also follows reports of hundreds of measles cases in the northern region of Ghana. according to global health officialsFrom the beginning of the year to 17 February, a total of 209 suspected cases, including three confirmed cases, were reported in eleven provinces, namely Kpandai, Kumbungu, Mion, Nanton, Nanumba north, Saboba, Savelugu, Zabzugu, Karaga and Sagnarigu. and Toulon.

Report in Ghana news source, My joy is online It is noted that Ghana has exhausted the basic BCG and OPV vaccines as a result of the failure of the Ministry of Health to secure the purchase of these vaccines since the beginning of the year. In addition, there is a shortage of other essential vaccines to prevent diseases such as measles, whooping cough, etc.

Regional cold vans were deployed to deliver vaccines to various regions on Monday.

Cumulatively, a total of 502 suspected cases, including 123 confirmed measles cases, have been reported in the northern region since the beginning of 2022.

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