Ghana has made progress in malaria control – Volta Regional Director of Health

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By Lorlornyofm May 9, 2017 16:53

Ghana has made progress in malaria control – Volta Regional Director of Health

The Volta Regional Director of Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Joseph Teye Nuertey says the country has made progress in the control of malaria.

Speaking at the commemoration of the World Malaria Day in the Hohoe Municipality last Friday, he said despite the achievement, people still refuse to sleep under treated mosquito nets, but instead use the nets for fishing and gardening.

According to Dr Nuertey, the refusal of some pregnant women to administer malaria drugs, while others take the medications without undergoing tests are some of the challenges facing the health sector in fighting the disease.

The Hohoe Municipal Health Director, Dr Felix Doe noted that malaria is a dangerous disease, which has over the years claimed millions of lives, especially children under five years and, therefore, called on the public to support the fight against malaria.

According to him, myths and misconceptions that malaria affects people who over-work their bodies, while others blame it on the consumption of palm oil have not helped in the fight against the disease.

He advised the public to discard such misconceptions as malaria is caused by mosquito bites.

He also urged the public to break the chains between humans and mosquitoes in order to control the disease.

The Paramount Chief of Gbi Traditional Area, Togbega Gabusu VI also advised people to embrace the idea of sleeping under treated mosquito nets to protect them from malaria infection.

The World Malaria Day was instituted by the World Health Organisation in 2007. The day is observed annually on the 25th of April to highlight global and national contributions and achievements towards the control and elimination of malaria.

The commemoration of the 2017 world day was under the theme: “End Malaria for Good.”

Story by Rose Asempa

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