Donor partners to withdraw funds for national immunization exercise


.– Donor
partners will soon withdraw their funding for immunisation exercise in the
country, Ms Evelyn Bema Darkwah, the Vice President of the Brong-Ahafo Regional
Chapter of the Ghana Coalition of NGOs in Health has hinted.

This, she said, was because successive
governments had failed to demonstrate true political will and commitment to
improve on national immunisation.

Interacting with Mr Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the
Minister of Health on the sideline of a fund raising campaign to support
immunisation at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Ms Darkwah called for
urgent establishment of a National Immunisation Fund.

Ms Darkwah who is the Chief Executive Officer
of Human Care and Maintenance Foundation, an NGO, said the fund was needed so
that the country could continue with its immunisation exercises after donors
had pulled-off.

She explained child health related issues must
be given the needed attention to help curb infant and child deaths.

Mr Agyemang-Manu reiterated that the
government was working assiduously to establish the Fund, saying that would
help the various health directorates to undertake immunisation exercises.

He added that very soon the Ministry would
distribute free treated mosquito nets to households, while the aged would also
be registered under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Agyemang-Manu observed that improving
national immunisation was a shared and collective responsibility and therefore
urged NGOs to support that cause. 

Earlier, Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, the Minister
for Gender, Children and Social Protection said 11 million children died
globally annually, adding that in Ghana, five babies died out of 250 babies
born every day.

She said the government was putting in place
pragmatic measures to ensure drastic reduction of infant and child mortalities
and also improved on the National Health Insurance Scheme well.

Ms Djaba advised parents to always send their
sick children to health facilities, instead of seeking medication at herbal centres.


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