Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Minister of Health

Ghana’s fight against viral disease, polio is far from over as it has been detected in the Tamale Metropolis in the Northern region.

A statement issued by Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director General of the Ghana Health Service said type-2 of the poliovirus was detected through routine surveillance activities by the Ministry of Health and Ghana Health Service in collaboration with the Noquchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research.

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This, according to the statement, constitutes a Public Health Emergency as the viral disease affects all manner of persons, particularly children, leaving devastating effects like permanent paralysis or death.

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As part of measures to prevent further spread to humans, the general public is encouraged to observe improved personal hygiene and good sanitation practices including:

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  • Promoting hand-washing with soap under safe running water;
  • Promoting the clean use of toilet facilities and improve sanitary disposal of faeces;

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  • Establish mechanisms to encourage parents/care-givers of infants to complete the instituted vaccination schedule to protect their wards.

Below is a copy of the statement:

Source: Ghana||Adwoa Gyasiwaa Agyeman