Timely vaccination of children is a proven method for saving lives from vaccine-preventable diseases. It can also help attain some targets like the Sustainable Development Goal 3, which aims to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all.
Vaccines save lives
In Ghana, the Expanded Programme of Immunisation (EPI) has helped reduce infant mortality. There has also been a significant fall in morbidity rates of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and poliomyelitis. For example, since 2003, there has been no death caused by measles, while in 2011, Ghana was certified as having attained elimination status for maternal and neonatal tetanus.
However, many children, especially those who live in inner cities and dense parts of urban areas and some in hard-to-reach areas have not been reached and are exposed to vaccine-preventable diseases at an early age.