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Policy Makers Must Show Greater Commitment To Immunisation Policies

The Muslim Family Counselling Services (MFCS) is urging policy makers to show greater commitment to immunisation policies to help ensure the survival of children, especially, the girl child.

Policy makers had an important role to play to enforce policies that would ensure there was a constant procurement and supply of potent vaccines, through adherence to proper storage value-chain.

A statement signed by Mr. Mohammed Bun Bida, Lead Advocate of MFCS and copied to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) said this would ensure the survival of children especially girls through their immunisation against tetanus, rubella, measles and the human papilloma virus (HPV) among other deadly diseases.

The statement was issued as part of activities marking this year’s International Day of the Girl Child with the worldwide theme, “With her: A skilled Girl Force.

“Effective immunisation against the various diseases was critical to the realisation of one of the fundamental rights of girls and children in general”, the statement said.

It said the MFCS through community mobilisation and engagement had made a lot of progress in child immunisation over the past few years, and pledged to continue with its public sensitisation drive.

The statement said 25 African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) including; Ghana and one international organisation joined the campaign dubbed ‘33days to power up immunisation’ which was launched in 2017.

The purpose of the campaign was to hold governments accountable for the numerous commitments they had made in relation to immunisation to ensure they stayed on course to achieving universal access to immunisation.

The statement encouraged girls to take their education seriously to propel them to prominent and respectable positions in society and advised parents to comply with immunisation rules for a healthy and holistic development of their wards.

Source: GNA

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