WHO EMPHASISES IMPORTANCE OF IMMUNIZATION FOR AFRICAN COUNTRIES

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reminded African countries that immunization is one of the most effective interventions for reducing child mortality, but notes, however, that one in five children in Africa still lack access to life-saving vaccines.

In a statement received here over the weekend from the WHO Africa Regional Office in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo, the United Nations agency reminded that Heads of State from across Africa had endorsed the Addis Declaration on Immunization (ADI), a historic and timely pledge to ensure that everyone in Africa receives full benefits of immunization.

The endorsement was issued during the 28th African Union (AU) Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Jan 30, 2017.

The WHO statement said that while immunization rates in Ghana was around 88 per cent, there was still more work to be done to make sure that every child had access to life-saving vaccines.

The statement added that the ADI committed African countries to increase political, financial and technical resources to achieve universal access to immunization.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK