The Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service have taken delivery of the first consignment of Measles vaccines, BCG vaccines, and Oral Polio Vaccines.
More vaccines are expected to arrive in Ghana in the coming weeks from a variety of sources.
On Saturday, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, the director general of the Ghana Health Service, was at the airport to oversee the airlifting of the vaccines to various regions.
Some childhood vaccines have been in short supply in Ghana, which has drawn the attention of various groups, including the Ghanaian Parliament and the Paediatric Society.
The Ministry stated: “It is important to correct the erroneous impression that there have been deaths from Measles in Ghana recently” at a press conference on Tuesday [March 7, 2023] to refute claims that people are dying from the measles outbreak in the Northern Region because there aren’t enough vaccines available.
At the press conference, Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman Manu explained that “For the avoidance of doubt, the recent increase in measles cases has not resulted in any fatalities. Although we have annually recorded cases, there haven’t been any deaths since 2003.”
The MoH stated that it is collaborating with UNICEF to speed up the procedures so that some of the vaccines can be obtained as soon as possible.