Gifty Amofa/Eric Appah Marfo, GNA
Accra, March 29, GNA –
Dr Anthony Nsiah Asare, the Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS),
said they have not recorded cases of Measles in the country since 2003.
He said measles had
become rare care medical cases to be learnt by new doctors when they were on
practicals and attributed the success to immunisation, which the GHS had taken
seriously over the years in the bid to eliminate neo-natal tetanus.
Dr Asare, who was
speaking at the launch of a leadership training for immunisation supply chain
managers in Accra, said the new doctors unlike the older ones would even find
it difficult to identify the symptoms of Measles because cases were not being
The launch was
organised by Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation (GAVI) in partnership
with United Parcel Services (UPS) to provide healthcare personnel with soft
skill, leadership skills and competencies engrained in private sector to enable
them to effectively fulfil their roles.
He said the goal was
to improve participants’ general skills in people management, communication,
project management, problem solving and personal/professional development and
provide specific people management skills instructions.
It is also expected to
specifically focus on critical leadership skills, within a realistic supply
chain management context and opportunities for practice and network with peers
as well as offer insights and best practices from the private sector.
The Director General
said the Ghana Health Service had not achieved the success only in the area
Measles, but Polio meningitis and Meningitis, saying, Ghana had also not
recorded Polio and Meningitis since 2008 and 2012, respectively.
Dr Asare said there
had been a significant reduction in Pneumonia, Diarrhoea and the reduction of
under-five mortality, adding that in spite of the robust reduction, chalking
the 100 percent success was tough.
He said Vaccines in
general were encouraging healthy lives for all worldwide.
The Director General
said the institute was putting up measures and efforts until all vaccine
related illnesses were eradicated.
“We want to touch
every child everywhere in Ghana to achieve this,” he noted.
He announced that on
April 24, GHS would launch the biggest medical drone distribution centre in Ghana.
government, we’ll make sure that we use the drones to deliver the vaccines to
the underserved and also very hard to reach areas in small quantities so that
they don’t get expired. They will also get the right quantities at the right
time,” he added.
Mr Magloire Achidi,
Supply Chain Consultant of GAVI admitted that Ghana’s health system was one of
the richest health systems in the region, adding that from the last statistics
mentioned, the GDP coverage according to the WHO/UNICEF estimate was up to 99
“This is by far the
coverage of many countries in Europe and America so that demonstrates the
willingness, enthusiasm and professionalism of you people who are doing that
and supporting this course,” he noted.
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