The Ghana Health Service has commenced a 3-day national poliomyelitis (polio) immunization program, to protect children and pregnant mothers against the disease.
The program is to create awareness of the need to immunize children from zero to five years against polio, a deadly disease that affects children.
A Superintendent Community Health Nurse at the Ridge Hospital, Madam Ruby Agoe, stated that the immunization program is done every six months.
According to her, every child who receives the vaccine has the little finger of their right hand marked with an indelible ink to prevent double vaccination.
She explained that houses with the inscription (Y1) means that every child within the specified age range has been immunized while those with Y1 without the circle means that the children are yet to be covered.
She reiterated that Vitamin A supplements are to be given to children from six months to five years, to improve on their visual ability and facilitate their ability to learn.
Meanwhile, health personnel of the Ussher Polyclinic in Accra, Ms Ivy Okyerewaa, said awareness about polio immunization had improved tremendously and pregnant and nursing mothers are responding favorably to the vaccination.
She suggested the need for more publicity to be made through the mass media to help sensitize people about the on-going nationwide exercise.
However, the Ghana Health Service indicated that the nation had not witnessed a single case of polio over the last five years.