ACCRA, (Xinhua) --
Ghana is facing a shortage of polio and measles
vaccines in some districts across the country, local media
reported on Wednesday.
The reports say some
health facilities in Ghana have run short of the vaccines which
are among a list of drugs used for protecting children against
some of the world’s most deadly diseases.
According to the
reports, Ghana’s inability to pay for last year’s supplies
procured from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
necessitated the shortage which is expected to affect the health
of under-five children if it lingers.
of the Ghana Health Service, Anthony Nsiah-Asare, who confirmed
the shortage, however said his outfit was expecting the arrival
of the vaccines in the country from next week after the
government parted with 10 million U.S. dollars to procure a
one-year consignment from UNICEF.
“The one that we are
transferring is about 10 million dollars which we are going to
use to get all the consignment we need for the next year or so
and we will then schedule and clear all the outstanding bills,”
he told Citifm, a local radio in Accra.
Ghana has made giant
strides in the fight against childhood killer diseases,
especially polio, which kills or cripples children for life.
Since the outbreak
of polio in 2008, no case of polio has been recorded in Ghana as
of 2015 because of the high coverage of polio vaccinations.
In Ghana, measles
vaccinations have contributed to dramatic reductions in measles
incidence from tens of thousands of cases in the 1990s to few
hundreds in the last five years.
Ghana has not
documented measles mortality for over a decade.
fear that the shortage could spell doom for the country and
erode gains made over the period.
said the GHS had put measures in place to mitigate the