The Ghana Health Service (GHS) is to resume a nationwide campaign to vaccinate children under the age of 5 years against the poliovirus.
The exercise which is targetting about 4.6 million children has become necessary following the detection of 31 new cases nationwide from July till date.
In the Ashanti Region, new cases were recorded in six districts and more than any other region in Ghana.
Though health officials will not give details of affected districts, they say the situation calls for public support as it rolls out a 3-day immunization exercise.
The Deputy Regional Director in charge of public health in the region Dr Yaw Ofori Yeboah asked parents to avail children under 5 years for the administration of safe vaccine in all 43 districts of the Ashanti Region.
“The Ashanti Region recently recorded in six districts vaccine-derived polio type 2 in accordance with established protocols. The region together with other regions will embark on a massive immunisation exercise.”