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Ashanti Region record 8 polio cases in 6 districts

The Ashanti Region has recorded eight polio cases in six districts, more than any region in the country since the beginning of this year.

The cases, all vaccine-derived polio virus Type Two represent more than 80 per cent of 12 cases recorded nationwide.

Though health authorities will not give details of affected districts, they say the situation calls for public support as it rolls out an ambiguous three-day immunisation programme targeting about 1.2 million children under five-years.

“The Ashanti Region recently recorded in six districts in what we call vaccine-derived poliovirus Type Two. And in accordance with established protocol, the region, together with other regions in the country would be embarking on massive polio immunization exercise,” Deputy Regional Health Director in charge of Public Health, Dr Yaw Ofori  Yeboah told the media in Kumasi.

The situation has prompted health authorities to roll out a three-day immunisation programme across the Region from September 10 to 13..

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Dr. Yaw Ofori Yeboah is Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director

Deputy Regional Health Director in charge of Public Health, Dr. Yaw Ofori  Yeboah  asked parents to avail their children under 5-years  for administration of safe vaccine in all 43-districts of the Ashanti region.

“The focus would be for children under the age of five-years. In Ashanti region, we would be targeting 1,184,860 children aged below five-years.”

The affected districts are said to be areas noted for low immunization and insanitary conditions.

Dr. Ofori Yeboah admits the  advent of Covid-19  which has affected routine health services in the region could be blamed for the situation.

He want all hands on deck to kick start the immunization exercise.

Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation says some polioviruses have been discovered in Greater Accra and Eastern region.

Immunization Officer, Fred Osei Sarpong revealed poliovirus were found in environmental sewage in those areas and speak of investigations into the virus.

“What we are also doing is aside from the fact that the virus can infect an individual and get that individual paralyzed; the virus is usually in the environment so, in order to satisfy ourselves that we don’t have the virus with us,  we do pick samples  from environmental sewage, send to the lab and then we test.”