Ghana Health Service (GHS) holds Yellow Fever Immunization awareness Progamme in Damong on 9th November, 2020, at the RCC conference hall.
The Savannah regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service, has on monday 9th November, 2020, organised a one day stakeholder sensitization programme in Damonogo.
Particiants of the event were drawn from members within the mainstream traditional, religous and public sector working class. The members were drawn from the NCCE, GNFS and the local council of churches amongst others.
The main and substantial motive of the event was to draw attention of the general public of a vaccination exercise against yellow fever yet to take place in the Savannah Region.
The North Gonja district, which was left out of the previous national immunization exercise that was carried out some couple of years ago will have it’s vaccination this time around. The vaccination exercise is sheduled to take place in the North Gonja district from the 12th to 18th of November, 2020.
The yellow fever Disease is mostly spread by mosquitoes that bites during the day and in the night as well. It again has a greater tendency of affecting one’s lever or cause death, thus according to Dr. Rockson Adjei who facilitated at the programme.
The yellow fever immunization campaign, according to Dr. Dickson Adjei, the deputy director of the savannah regional directorate, has executed in about 22 districts from 2005 to 2007. The risk assesment has as well being carried out since November 2010 following an outbreak in Ivory Coast, he added.
One of the most effective recommended yellow fever control stategy is the childhood routine immunization at 9 month of age. Effective preventive vaccination campaign to rapidly increase the population immunity, and to protect susceptible older age groups in selected high risk areas plays a remarkable role in the strategical enhancement.
The Savannah regional director of the N.C.C.E., Mr. Issaka Zitor, who was also part of the event admonished participants to work extreemly hard to ensure that members of the affected communities comply with the directives aiming at getting them involved deeply in the exercise. He has since pledged the support of the commission to see to the succesful implementation of the progamme and its roll-out.
The Chairman of the local council of churches, Rev. Gilbert Agbefu has also assured the Health Directorate of the churches support in this regard. He promised to run along with all the other religious ministeries to create the awareness of their congregants, on the need to adhere to protocols roll out in a bit to avoid contracting the yellow fever disease.
All persons from 10 to 60 years in the district will be vaccinated, except for pregnant women. The yellow fever vaccination during the campaign is free, once you attend to the health centre or a vaccination post in the district.
The Savannah regional health director, Dr. Chrisantus Kuubio however charged participants to defuse the mischeavous perception with regard to issues of immunization by some members of the public. He said such perceptions about vaccinations could defeat the major intent of the immunization exercise.He urged members to turn out in their numbers and fully participate in the vaccination exercise. Dr. kuubio again tasked the public to adhere to the COVID-19 protocols despite the low cases reported in the region, and hence everyone who wishes to go to any of the vaccination post must were a facemasks to cover the mouth and nose, to avoid the spread of the Pandemic.
At the end of the programme, members of the stakeholders present were drawn to form the Risk Communication Team. The team is tasked to disseminate and create the needed awareness of members of the public in dealing with yellow fever diisesae, and the upcoming immunization exercise in the North Gonja district.
Speaking on the sidelines after the event, most of the participants expressed their utmost satisfaction and appreciation to organizers of the programme, and urged other sister organization within the region to do same by engaging the local people and stakeholders events like this.
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