Newly Installed Eastern Regional Vaccine Cold Room inspected by UNICEF

Newly Installed Eastern Regional Vaccine Cold Room inspected by UNICEF
Newly Installed Eastern Regional Vaccine Cold Room inspected by UNICEF

Children's Fund () officials on Wednesday inspected the newly installed Eastern Regional walk-in cold room in , which contains contemporary freezers and stocks a number of vaccinations for distribution.

Mr. Daniel Adu Asomaning, Eastern Regional Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) Coordinator, who toured the facility with the team, said that the region has enough vaccines, which are well stored in ultra-low vaccine freezers.

He said the vaccine stocks were sufficient for the ongoing fifth round of the mass immunization campaign, which began on December 14th and is scheduled to complete on December 18th, 2022.

He said the region currently has stocks of two types of vaccines, manufactured by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, and that sufficient amounts have been allocated and delivered to each of the region's 33 municipalities and districts.

“Currently, the Eastern Regional Cold Room has some stocks for other regions because the national uses the regional cold room to store vaccines for other regions,” he said.

Mr Asomaning said staff have been trained and deployed to perform the COVID-19 vaccination services campaign in various communities.

“The fifth round of the mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign is relevant because some Ghanaians might not have had access to take their jab due to reasons such as illness, misinformation, and disinformation,” he said.

“This campaign will provide the opportunity to clear doubt and remind the public of routine vaccination at any health facility”.

The is leading the fifth COVID-19 immunization campaign, with support from the German government through UNICEF, a global humanitarian relief organization.

The UNICEF delegation, which is on a five-day visit to the , praised health professionals in the region and across the country for their dedication to achieving high immunization coverage. 

During the team's visit to the New Juaben North Municipality, nurses at Jumapor, Suhyen Mpaem, Oyoko, and Suhyen Health Centers educated parents about the need for immunization.

The team's presence prompted some unvaccinated residents of Suhyen Mpaem to get vaccinations at the nearby Community-based Health Planning and Services () compound.

Madam Annette Asraku, Disease Control Officer, New Juaben North Municipal Health Directorate, said health officials in the area were doing everything possible to spread vaccine information to people throughout the municipality via community information centers, radio stations, schools, house-to-house visits, and stakeholder engagement.

The COVID-19 virus causes mild to severe sickness and can be deadly. Ghana suffered from the pandemic in March 2020, and COVID-19 vaccinations were introduced to boost the body's immune system and combat the virus.

The Ghana Health Service also recommends that people wear a nasal mask, their hands with soap under running water regularly, and keep a safe distance among people.

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