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16.12.2009 Health

WHO provides Ghana with vaccines against HINI Influenza

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Wa, Dec. 16, GNA - The World Health Organisation (WHO) has given Ghana 2.4 million doses of vaccines to cater for 10 percent of its population against the HINI Influenza.

These vaccines would cover health and community based surveillance workers, pregnant women and children to help reduce maternal and child deaths, Mr. Jacob Kojo Aleeba, Upper Regional Surveillance Officer, has said.

Mr. Aleeba said this known at a forum to educate the media and security personnel on pandemic influenza HINI 2009 in Wa on Monday.

He said the Regional Health Directorate was working round the clock to ensure diseases such as the HINI Influenza and cerebro spinal meningitis (CSM) were properly managed.

He said unlike the HINI Influenza, viccine for immunization against CSM had not yet arrived in the region.

Mr. Aleeba cautioned the people to avoid living in overcrowded areas and to report headaches and neck pains to health facilities.

Dr. Richard Wodah-Seme of the Regional Hospital in Wa said no confirmed case of HINI Influenza had been recorded in the region.

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