On Wednesday, May 15, the World Health Organisation (WHO) presented Malaria Vaccine Implementation program (MVIP) equipment valued at One Million One Hundred and Thirty Thousand Cedis (GHc1,130,000.00). The items comprise of two (2) vehicles, thirty-nine (39) motorcycles and thirty-nine (39) desktop computers.
The donation is aimed to support the MVIP in the country.
Presenting the items to Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General of Ghana Health Service, the Country Representative of WHO, Dr. Owen Kaluwa, said the donation is meant to support the implementation of the Malaria Vaccine Introduction Program. According to him, the donation will help in the implementation of the project in the 39 districts involved to ensure that the process of data compilation and analysis; supervision and follow up are facilitated.
The Director-General, Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare was optimistic that the items, if used wisely, will go a long way to ensure that Malaria is completely kicked out of the country in line with the vision of the President of Ghana.
RTS,S/AS01 is the world’s first malaria vaccine that has been shown to provide partial protection against malaria in young children in large-scale clinical testing. The vaccine acts against Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly malaria parasite globally. The malaria vaccine is being introduced in selected areas of Ghana, Kenya and Malawi through country-led routine immunization, with technical advice from WHO.