• Short Summary

    THE 25 MILLIONTH VACCINATION, IN GHANA'S SMALLPOX AND MEASLES ERADICATION PROGRAMME, TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY.?

  • Description

    THE 25 MILLIONTH VACCINATION, IN GHANA'S SMALLPOX AND MEASLES ERADICATION PROGRAMME, TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY. THE EVENT WAS MARKED WITH A SPECIAL CEREMONY, ATTENDED BY THE HEAD OF THE UNITED STATES PUBLIC SERVICES, SURGEON-GENERAL WILLIAM STEWART, WHO HAD MADE A SPECIAL TRIP TO GHANA FOR THE OCCASION. THE 25 MILLIONTH PERSON TO RECEIVE A VACCINATION WAS A FOUR YEAR OLD GIRL, MISS REBECCA ANSAA ASAMOAH-AMPOFO, PRIMARY SCHOOL PUPIL OF MAMPONG-AKWAPIN, WHERE THE CEREMONY TOOK PLACE.

    THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR TO GHANA, MR. FRANKLIN WILLIAMS, ALSO JOURNEYED TO THE EASTERN REGION TOWN. TO TAKE PART IN THE CEREMONY. THE FIVE-YEAR SMALLPOX AND MEASLES ERADICATION PROGRAMMED WAS INITIATED LAST YEAR AT THE UNITED STATES PAVILION DURING THE GHANA INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR AND IS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND THE UNITED STATES AGENCY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT. NINETEEN WEST AFRICAN NATIONS ARE PARTICIPATING IN THE VENTURE.

    IN GHANA, THE PROGRAMME IS CONDUCTED BY THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH, ASSISTED BY PERSONNEL FROM THE NATIONAL COMMUNICABLE DISEASE CENTRE IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. THE COMMISSIONER FOR HEALTH IN GHANA, DR. E. AKWEI ALSO ATTENDED THE CEREMONY.

    THE PROCEEDINGS BEGAN WITH A PROCESSION OF CHIEFS, LED BY THE KRONTIHENE OF THE AKWAPIM TRADITIONAL AREA, NANA BOAFO ANSAH THE SECOND.

    IN A SPEECH, DR. AKWEI SAID THE PROJECT REPRESENTS GHANA'S CURRENT MAJOR PUBLIC HEALTH EFFORT. IT IS AIMED AT IMMUNISING 110 MILLION PERSONS OVER THE FIVE YEAR PERIOD.

    AFTER THE IMMUNISATION CEREMONY, DR. STEWART AND MR. FRANKLIN WILLIAMS JOINED IN DRUMMING AND DANCING WHICH ENDED PROCEEDINGS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3FMMDN041TCOXQYNC2A1EWEYW
    Media URN:
    VLVA3FMMDN041TCOXQYNC2A1EWEYW
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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