All aboard the polio eradication initiative in Ghana …

Eradication of polio will be the first great humanitarian and global health victory of the 21st century. Only once before has a disease ever been eradicated – that was smallpox in 1979 . Rotary and its global partners are determined to make this dream a reality, especially to leave a legacy for Nelson Mandela in 2010. In Accra Ghana, the KPOA team was ready and committed to put their full weight behind the eradication initiative in the wake of the upcoming NIDs.

The arrival of the “Kick Polio Out of Africa” football in Accra, Ghana was timely as it coincided with the ongoing second round synchronized National Immunization Days in all the 10 regions of the country commencing April 24. This had a positive impact to mobilise support and create awareness around the campaign.

The “Kick Polio Out of Africa” ball was received and signed on behalf of the Head of State and the people of Ghana by His Excellency Mr. John Dramani Mahama, the Vice-President of the Republic of Ghana (above). H.E Mr John Dramani Mahama was the guest of honour at the ceremony. With him is the Deputy Minister for Health – Mr. Rojo Mettle Nunoo. “It was an impressive ceremony” writes NPPC Chair Winfred Mensah.

Officials from the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and Rotarians in Ghana welcomed the “Kick Polio Out of Africa” ball at La General Hospital , La- Accra on Saturday,  April 24 – the second dayof implementation of the 2nd Round NIDs in Ghana. Also at the ceremony was the UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Dr. Yasmine Hague photographed below with Winfred Mensah,  National PolioPlus Committee Chair for Ghana.

Many mothers brought infants for immunisation and His Excellency Mr John Dramani Mahama willingly assisted in the vaccination process.

Polio eradication is laying out out an extraordinary blueprint. Never before has there been such a large-scale public health effort. One of the challenges is getting into highly inaccessible areas – but volunteer workers are courageous in their efforts, making sure they get the job done. Some photographs below from recent NIDs …










Next stop: Conakry, Guinea …


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