Children are most vulnerable to the highly infectious disease but vaccines offer protection ?
Children are most vulnerable to the highly infectious disease but vaccines offer protection ?

Ghana will continue with its efforts next year at addressing the vaccine challenges it has been facing over the last few years, a senior official said on Wednesday.

Presenting the 2018 budget to parliament, finance minister Kenneth Ofori-Atta said Ghana would also develop a clear sustainability plan for vaccines and antiretroviral medicines in anticipation of its exit from the Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, support.

Ghana is one of the countries being graduated off the support of Gavi, a public-private partnership of major stakeholders in immunization, having attained a middle-income status.

This development means that Ghana is going through a step-wise graduating process to end in 2020, when it would be required to fully fund its immunization program.

Currently, Ghana is supported to procure its vaccines by Gavi and spends about 33 million U.S. dollars on vaccines a year.

He said the focus of the health sector in 2018 would be directed at reducing morbidity and mortality (especially maternal and neonatal), and improving the quality of life.

“This will be achieved by increasing access to quality health services and improving efficiency in the governance and management of the health delivery system,” Ofori-Atta said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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