The Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health (GNCH) as part of its activities to increase immunization coverage commemorated the World Immunization Week from the 24th April to 30th April, 2017. The theme for the celebration was “#VACCINESWORK: Get every child immunized”. The GCNH collaborated with the Ghana Health Service to hold the national event in the Upper West region on the 27th and 28th April, 2017 and similar events were held in the other 9 regions of Ghana.
On the 28th April 2017, the day two of the World Immunization Week celebration continued at Wa the capital of the Upper West region. The event at Wa begun with a well patronized and participated float at 8:00am through the principal street of Wa from the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) through to the Wa main lorry park called Kejetia. After the float, a grand durbar was held at the lorry park which was very well patronized by the Wa township. Over 2000 people including Public servants, CSOs, Association for Persons with Disabilities, Media, caregivers and the general public participated. Other dignitaries participating in the float and durbar were Mr. Shaibu Inusah – the Municipal Coordinating Director who was also the chairman for the occasion, Mr. Andrews Asamoah – representative of CRS Ghana, Wa Municipal Disease Control Officer, and Dr. Gabriel Gbiel Benarkuu – the Board Chairman of GCNH.
At the durbar, the disabled association in the Wa Municipality acted a play that depicted the importance of antenatal and Child Welfare Clinic (CWC). The drama educated the gathering especially women not to rely only on the traditional herbs given to them by traditional healers in the communities but also visit the antenatal and Child Welfare Clinic (CWC) as scheduled.
Mr. Andrews Asamoah, a representative of CRS Ghana addressed the gathering in which he expressed his appreciation to the individuals gathered on the day to celebrate the world immunization week. He mention that the week is an important week for the health sector as it is in the same week that meningitis and malaria day were celebrated.
He expressed his appreciation to the GCNH, GHS and other stakeholders who are collaborating to get every child immunized. He added that the partnership between the CRS and GCNH has been beneficial and assured the gathering the support of CRS in getting every child immunized. Further, he indicated that immunization rates are generally increasing and going higher in Ghana at about 80% to 90%, but the goal is to get every child immunized and stakeholders must be resolute in their support to get every child immunized.
He revealed that the Upper West region and some other districts are lagging behind in immunization coverage and therefore encouraged both men and women to get involved in effort to get every child immunized. The involvement of men was emphasized as he sees it as key in getting every child immunized. He finally congratulated women for their efforts in getting their children immunized.
The GCNH as part of the celebration, awarded some caregivers who have been committed in getting their children immunized. These caregivers regularly attend Child Welfare Clinic and complete immunization schedules for their children. A total of 24 caregivers including male caregivers were awarded for completing immunization schedules for their wards. The awards also included 6 Persons with Disabilities.
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