Bawumia holds talks with Bill Gates on polio immunisation

Ghana’s Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday, 14 September 2020 held discussions via zoom with Microsoft founder Bill Gates on Ghana’s progress on immunisation against the new circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2 (cVDPV2).

The discussion, according to Dr Bawumia, also centred around the lessons from Ghana’s policy response to COVID-19 and the country’s digitisation strategy.

“It was a good exchange of views and he congratulated Ghana for the strides we have made on several fronts.

“I also thanked him and the Gates Foundation for their successful work in the fight against polio and other diseases,” Dr Bawumia shared via Facebook.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has, over the years, taken it upon itself to immunise children across the globe to eradicate polio.

Ghana had been polio-free for over a decade until recently.

A few cases have been recorded.

Health professionals are currently visiting homes immunising children below five years, in an effort to return the country to its polio-free status.

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