Child mortality across the country decreases to 32% – Kuma-Aboagye - Onlinetimesgh

Child mortality across the country decreases to 32% – Kuma-Aboagye

Ghana has reported a remarkable decrease in nationwide child mortality, down to approximately 32% in 2024. The Director General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, disclosed the pivotal role of immunization campaigns in achieving this milestone.

“From 28 deaths per 1000 births in 2022, we’ve seen a 32% reduction by 2024. Immunization has been instrumental in this success, alongside other comprehensive health initiatives,” remarked Dr. Kuma-Aboagye.

The Ghana Health Service’s holistic approach, encompassing vaccination drives and counseling services, has contributed significantly to this improvement in child survival rates.

He made this assertion during the launch of the 2024 African Vaccination and Child Health Promotion Week, themed “Healthy Childhood: Invest In Your Child for a Better Future,” held at the Best Western Premier Hotel in Accra.

The event brought together prominent figures from the health sector, government officials, and international organizations, all advocating for robust vaccination programs and enhanced child health initiatives.

Among the distinguished who graced the launch was the Chief of Staff of Ghana, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare, who emphasized the critical role of immunization in safeguarding Africa’s youth from preventable diseases.

“The reduction in infant and neonatal mortality underscores the importance of vaccines in child well-being. The Government of Ghana is committed to ensuring universal vaccine coverage, especially in rural and underserved communities,” stated Chief of Staff Osei-Opare.

According to her, the government has tasked the Ministry of Health with ensuring the availability of essential vaccines to sustain these positive health outcomes for Ghana’s children.

This collective effort marks a significant step forward in improving child health and underscores the importance of sustained investment in vaccination and comprehensive healthcare services.

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