Authorities of the Ashanti regional Chapter of the Ghana Health Service will from the 5th-11th of September, 2012 stage the phase 2 of yellow fever campaign, vaccinating all persons aged 10 years and above in 10 districts in the Ashanti region. ?

The campaign which is expected to last for 7 days will affect districts like Afigya Kwabre, Ahafo Ano South, Amansie Central, Amansie West, Asante Akim South, Bekwai, Kwabre, Obuasi, Offinso and Skyere Afram plains with a targeted population of about 1,490,331. Brong Ahafo region and Volta region will similarly stand as beneficiaries of the yellow fever immunization expedition in three and two districts respectively.

Fixed immunization posts will be located permanently in health faculties, mobile posts will move to towns and villages where they may be located at various institutions with camp out teams, moving and settling in hard-to-reach communities amidst the aim of vaccinating at least 95% of the targeted population.

Briefing the media, the Deputy Ashanti regional Health Director Dr. Joseph Oduro underscored that yellow fever, an acute viral hemorrhagic disease transmitted by infected mosquitoes, biting humans has by recorded 200,000 cases, causing 30,000 deaths worldwide each year. 50% of severely affected persons without treatment are sure to die from yellow fever.

The virus which is endemic in tropical areas of Africa and Latin America, with a combined population of over 900million people spreads outwards from one source to cover a wide area. Further in his statistical presentation, Dr. Oduro mentioned that, Africa contributes 90% of morbidity and mortality with 20%to 50% cases fatality rates in patients at intoxicating stages and has therefore challenged all to get vaccinated.

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