The numerous disappointments that have grown on the faces of parents for some weeks now is nearing abatement as government takes delivery of some children vaccines which were shortage in supply.
As the situation bit hard, parents were asked to return home the second and some even the third time for attending the hospital to get shots for their babies.
This resulted in an outbreak of Measles in the Northern for instance.
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Meanwhile, government over the weekend took delivery of some vaccines which the Ghana Health Service has announced has reached the various health outlets across the country.
The vaccines are to last for just some six weeks.
However, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has hinted that the shots were a bailout received by the government from Nigeria after going cup in hand to the neighbouring West African country as well as Ivory Coast.
According to him, government’s statement in Parliament that the vaccines were shortage in supply globally was a fallacy since Nigeria wouldn’t have gotten extra dozes to lend Ghana with their population size in perspective.
Rather, Mr. Okudzeto Ablakwa says “Ghana’s childhood vaccine crisis could have been prevented if the Akufo-Addo government had not ineptly ignored WHO stock-out warnings since July last year.”
“Ghanaians shall not accept fabrications, ineptitude, mediocrity & leadership failure. If there was truly a global shortage of childhood vaccines, how did Nigeria (despite their population) have excess supply to bail out Ghana? Why’re others not in the same predicament as Ghana?” the MP quizzed in a tweet Monday, March 7, 2023.
Ghanaians shall not accept fabrications, ineptitude, mediocrity & leadership failure.
If there was truly a global shortage of childhood vaccines, how did Nigeria (despite their population) have excess supply to bail out Ghana?
Why’re others not in the same predicament as Ghana?
— Sam Okudzeto Ablakwa (@S_OkudzetoAblak) March 13, 2023
Meanwhile, in an earlier post made by the legislator, he asked the government not to be embarrassed to admit that the shots were received from Nigeria as a bailout.
He indicated there was nothing wrong with the government saying a “thank you” to her neighbours for the kind gesture.
Read below the full post made by the MP:
The Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government should not be embarrassed to admit that it reached out to Nigeria and Côte d’Ivoire for urgent bailout on Ghana’s avoidable and indefensible shortage of childhood vaccines.
Yesterday’s consignment came in from Nigeria as a benevolent gesture which the Ghanaian government has promised to replace when it finally puts its house in order.
There is absolutely nothing wrong saying THANK YOU to a neighbour who exhibits superior public health policies, better prioritization, and who responds positively and swiftly when you come begging.
Ghanaian officials should not be concealing this fact and therefore appearing ungrateful within the comity of nations even though I acknowledge that an honest and transparent narrative from government will further expose false claims by President Akufo-Addo during his Message on the State of the Nation last week that childhood vaccine shortage was a global phenomenon.
Ghana’s childhood vaccine crisis could have been prevented if the Akufo-Addo government had not ineptly ignored WHO stock-out warnings since July last year.
We must be profoundly grateful to Nigeria for their kindness, however, I do hope the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia administration will find a permanent solution as the Nigerian donation can only last for 6 weeks.
By Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com