In Ghana, the introduction of immunization against childhood killer diseases, like measles has improved the health of children.
The nation has made significant gains in controlling measles and for the past 15 years no child has died from measles in the country.
The total number of children who get measles has also reduced drastically.
However, measles outbreak continue to occur in some parts of the country mostly in children under 5.
This was revealed during the launch of a national mass Measles Rubella and Vitamin A campaign for all children of 9 months to 59 in the Upper West Region.
The regional director for the Upper West Region, Dr. Abdulai Abubakari said the campaign is expected to start from the 17 of October, 2018 to 22 October, 2018.
This year’s measles-Rubella and Vitamin A Supplementary is estimated to cover 4,737,840 children out of which the Upper West will cover 132,798 children.
Dr. Abubakari added that, vaccination will continue to be one of the greatest public health achievements of humanity. According to him, Vaccination has led to the eradication of small pox, near elimination of poliomyelitis and elimination of measles in several regions of the world.
In a speech delivered by the Wa Municipal Chief Executive(MCE) Issahaku Tahiru Moomin on behalf of the Upper West Regional minister Sulemana Alhassan, he appealed to mothers to take advantage of the measles campaign to immunized their children when the Ghana Health Service officers gets to them. He said government is working to expand the health sector to cover every community in the country.
The regional minister also appealed to both public and private radio stations to give free air time to the Public Education Unite of the Ghana Health Service to educate the public on health related disease.
This year’s campaign is on the theme, ‘Measles and Rubella kills, Vaccinate your child now for good life.’