The Ghana Health Services announced Sunday the receipt of childhood vaccines like BCG (tuberculosis), OPV (polio) and measles, plus necessary devices like syringes after reporting being in short supply for a period of time.
The delivery also follows reports of hundreds of measles cases in the Northern region of Ghana. According to global health officials, from the beginning of the year through February 17, a total of 209 suspected cases, including three confirmed, were reported in eleven districts, namely Kpandai, Kumbungu, Mion, Nanton, Nanumba north, Saboba, Savelugu, Zabzugu, Karaga, Sagnarigu and Tolon.
A report in Ghana news source, My Joy Online notes Ghana ran out of essential BCG and OPV vaccines as a result of the Ministry of Health’s failure to secure procurement of these vaccines since the year began. in addition, other essential vaccines to prevent diseases such as measles, whooping cough, etc. are also in short supply.
Regional cold vans have been deployed for delivery of the vaccines to the various districts Monday.
Cumulatively, a total of 502 suspected cases, including 123 confirmed cases of measles, were reported in the Northern region from the beginning of 2022.