The opposition party in Parliament has criticized the government for its failure to procure vaccines for babies, calling it a disastrous situation. Due to a shortage of vaccines for measles, polio, and tetanus, parents of unvaccinated babies are being turned away from health facilities.
The shortage of vaccines is due to financial constraints, and the situation has become critical enough that the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) is threatening to withdraw 10 vaccines it supplies to Ghana over indebtedness.
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Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman Manu was expected to answer questions from MPs over the issue, but had to leave Parliament after the Speaker directed him to return later due to space constraints.
In response, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the Ranking Member for the Committee on Health, has called for immediate action to ensure vaccines are available to babies. He emphasized the urgency of the matter, stating that they are not interested in complex explanations or big words, but rather a tangible solution.
The situation is critical, as unvaccinated babies are at risk of contracting deadly diseases such as measles, polio, and tetanus. It is imperative that the government takes swift action to procure the necessary vaccines and ensure their distribution to health facilities across the country.
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Failure to do so could result in a significant public health crisis, with devastating consequences for the most vulnerable members of society.