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Ghana launches Sub National Immunization Days (NIDs) against Yellow Fever

The Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and UNICEF has launched a sub national campaign aimed to vaccinate 5.3 million people against yellow fever in nine regions in Ghana. The event took place in Sunyani in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The theme for the campaign is “Get vaccinated and be protected against yellow fever” and it will be conducted from Wednesday, 28th of November, to Tuesday, 4th of December, 2018. The main objective of this campaign is to maintain a high population immunity of all persons living in Ghana.
Speaking at the official launch, Dr George Bonsu, the Programme Manager, Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), said the rationale for the campaign was part of a road map for the elimination of yellow fever in Africa by 2060.  He indicated that Ghana lied within the yellow fever zone, hence the need to rapidly increase population immunity and to protect susceptible older age groups.

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