THE Atwima Kwanwoma District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Tony Nyame, has launched the national mass measles campaign at Ahenema-Kokoben with a call on parents to take keen interest in the exercise because of its benefits.
He said the government had provided all the logistics to make the exercise successful and it was important that the people embraced it by playing their part with all seriousness.
The four-day exercise was expected to vaccinate children of nine months to under five years.
Children within the age group would also be given Vitamin ‘A’ capsules to make them strong and healthy.
Mr Nyame stated that the future of the nation depended on how well today’s children were groomed to take up future challenges.
He called on the people to register with the National Health Insurance Scheme to enable them enjoy its benefits.
The DCE also called for healthy living among the people to prevent contracting preventable diseases.
The Ashanti Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Joseph Oduro, described the immunisation as a serious programme that must be embraced by all.
He disclosed that only one case of measles had been reported in the region this year but it had since been treated.
He said since 2002, no child had died of measles in the country.
Dr Oduro stated that measles was a dangerous disease which could kill, cause blindness, brain damage among other complications.
“We don’t want our children to fall victims to any of these complications,” he said.
The District Director of Health Services, Mrs Dorothy Afoakwa, said it would be unpardonable for parents to allow their children to suffer from the disease when it was preventable.
“Let us therefore, get every child to be immunised and the nation will be the eventual winner,” he said.