Breaking: Ghana Reports Polio Outbreak

The Ghana Health Service reported a confirmed Poliomyelitis from National Polio Laboratory today. The case is a 2 years an 8 months old girl that presented with Acute Flaccid Paralysis at Chereponi District Hospital on 27th July 2019. In a press release signed by Director General of Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Asare, today 23rd August 2019, this event event constitute national emergency.

 


The Chereponi District is in the North Eastern part of Ghana, less than 10km from the North Western border of Togo.

Polio is a vaccine preventable disease. Its transmission is usually through food or water contaminated with the virus that causes the disease. The Ghana Health Service encourages citizens to ensure good personal and environmental hygiene.

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There is  a Global Polio Eradication Initiative that sets out to complete the eradication and containment of all wild, vaccine-related and Sabin polioviruses, such that no child ever again suffers paralytic poliomyelitis. Launched in 1988 after the World Health Assembly passed a resolution to eradicate polio, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with its partners, has helped countries to make huge progress in protecting the global population from this debilitating disease. As a result, global incidence of polio has decreased by 99.9% since GPEI’s foundation. An estimated 16 million people today are walking who would otherwise have been paralysed by the disease, and more than 1.5 million people are alive, whose lives would otherwise have been lost. Now the task remains to tackle polio in its last few strongholds and get rid of the final 0.1% of polio cases.

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