On 16th May 2018, the Honorable minister of Health inaugurated NITAG-Ghana at the MoH conference room. Thus, Ghana took a bold step to join GAVI-eligible countries in sub-Saharan Africa to establish a National Immunization Technical Advisory Group (NITAG).
The ceremony begun with the Director of the Directorate of Human Resource for Health of MoH, welcoming all present after which he gave a brief history of the formation of the NITAG.
The coordinator, Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, a Senior Public Health Physician Specialist with EPI-GHS, gave a brief biography of each of the nominees. He indicated that NITAG-Ghana is made up eleven (11) core members who are experts in their own fields and nine (9) ex-officio members from the MoH-GHS and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies. NITAG-Ghana will be expected to provide independent, evidence-informed advice on issues related to vaccines and the immunization process that will, hopefully and ultimately, lead to a decline in vaccine preventable diseases.
Members of NITAG-Ghana are from diverse disciplines including paediatrics, internal medicine,public health, epidemiology, immunology, health economics, microbiology, pharmacy, research, social science among others. Members are to serve four-year tenure with eligibility for reappointment for one additional term.