Ghana has made gains in the fight against Malaria, in The Sub-Region, as research conducted by The National Malaria Control Program has shown that, there was 45% reduction in Malaria deaths from 2010 to 2015, due to improved Case Management.
This, perhaps, sits well with The Goal Of Malaria Control: National Strategic Plan 2014-2020, to reduce disease and death, due to malaria by 75% by 2020, using 2012 as baseline. It was contained, in a report, on Malaria in Ghana, presented by The Program Manager at The National Malaria Control Program, Dr. Constance Bart-Plange, of The Ghana Health Service.
This was at the Monthly Health Themes Media Briefing, in Accra, focusing on “End Malaria For Good; Invest In Malaria”. Addressing Chiefs, Queen Mothers, Civil Society, NGOs, The Media and other Stakeholders, in the fight against the tropical disease-Malaria, The Program Manager, at The National Malaria Control Program, Dr. Constance Bart-Plange, said, Ghana has made monumental gains, with regards to Malaria Control In Ghana.
According to her, the ownership and use of Treated Bed-Nets, have increased and improved Malaria diagnosis and testing, affirming the rationale behind the use of Anti-Malaria Drugs. She said, whereas deaths have increased, over the period, death due to Malaria, is decreasing.
“In the year 2015; 8.4million nets distributed in Central Region, Ashanti, Brong Region, Western Region and Upper East Region, a population of 15million was covered. In addition 698,348 nets were distributed through ANCs, CWCs FREE; and some through Commercial Partners. In the Year 2016, 1,814,467 nets were distributed in The Northern Region covering a population of 3,266,041.
She stated that Insecticide Treated Nets-ITNs, Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), Intermittent Preventive Treatment In Pregnancy (IPTP), Seasonal Malaria Chemo-prevention (SMC), Personal Protective Measures-PPM.” She, however, charged Malaria patients to complete taking their drugs, as prescribed by Physicians, in order, not to complicate their conditions.
The Director of Public Health, Dr. Badu Sarkodie, in his statement, called on people to observe environmental hygiene, since this is, one the best ways, to drastically deal with the deadly disease-Malaria. “We have made some progress, as a country, in the control of malaria, but there is still more to be done.
There is the need to mobilize internal resources, to invest in malaria control, so we do not lose the gains”. The News Conference, forms part of activities, put in place, by The Ghana Health Service, in the lead up to, The World Malaria Day, which falls, on Monday 25th April, 2016.
The World Malaria Day is a day side for a unified commemoration of the global efforts being made to combat Malaria, one of the world’s most dreaded diseases, because of its impact on the economic development and health of countries, especially those in Africa, South of The Sahara, including Ghana, Dr. Badu Sarkodie added.
By: radioxyzonline.com/Francis Edzorna Mensah