Ghana: debt to UNICEF results in shortage of polio vaccines
An undisclosed amount of money owed United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) by Ghana has resulted in the shortage of polio and measles vaccines, APA learns here.
As a result, nursing mothers in Ghana would have to wait until next week to have their babies vaccinated against Polio and Measles, following the shortage of the vaccines in the country.
This because Ghana owed the UNICEF, the international body that procures the vaccine across the globe, huge sums of money. The vaccines are usually administered to newborn babies to fight the deadly childhood diseases.
The Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Anthony Nsiah Asare, has told Citi Fm, a local radio station on Wednesday that Ghana will soon receive such supplies because they have paid an amount to $10 million to UNICEF for the procurement of the vaccines.
“The fact is that we get the polio vaccines procured for us through UNICEF. There was an outstanding bill from last year which was not paid. God being so good, just this week we have managed to clear that bill and as we speak now, they will be airlifting the polio vaccine to the country,” he added.
“The one that we are transferring is about 10 million dollars, which we are going to use to get all the consignment we need for the next year or so and we will then schedule and clear all the outstanding bills,” he stated.
Dr. Asare however noted that in the interim, the Ghana Health Service has put in place measures to service newborn babies.