The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, has revealed some essential childhood vaccines will be available in a few weeks.
He disclosed this at a press briefing on Tuesday, March 7.
He however failed to give the exact time the vaccines will arrive in the country.
“All things being equal we will have vaccines in the next few weeks.”
He has also described false claims that some babies have died from the recent measles outbreak in the Northern region due to the shortage of the vaccines.
Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament wants him to resign if he is unable to effectively discharge his duty as the Minister of Health.
Speaking to journalists, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, the Ranking Member of Parliament’s Health Committee, slammed the Minister, saying he must resign if he is unable to effectively carry out his mandate.
He stated that despite the allocation of approximately GH72 million for vaccine procurement, the country has been hit with a Measles outbreak since October 2022 due to vaccine shortages.
“We started recording measles vaccine shortages around October 2022 and this is an emergency situation and the minister and the government have failed and continue to look on several months on.
“This is highly unacceptable especially when these vaccines are not over-the-counter medicines that people can walk in and buy them. These vaccines are very sensitive and highly protected by organizations and states so if we don’t have the vaccines, all the children in this country are at very high risk, especially in the Northern part of the country.”