The Adansi North District Health Director, Isaac Odame Awuku, has urged stakeholders involved in the fight against malaria to put in place strategies that will help in living beyond global support by focusing on internally generated resources.
Speaking at a durbar in Dompoase in the Adansi North District in the Ashanti Region to mark this year’s edition of World Malaria Day, the Health Director called on the government, private sector organizations, Civil Society Organizations and individuals to contribute their quota to the elimination agenda. Touching on the theme for this year’s celebration, ‘Advance Equity Build Resilience, End Malaria’, Mr. Odame Awuku said the theme seeks to raise awareness of the urgent need for action and targeted scale-up of existing and new tools which includes sleeping under Long-lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs), RTS, S Vaccine, as well as data-led strategies and increased investment in the research and development of transformational tools.
GHANA IS THE 10TH MALARIA-ENDEMIC COUNTRY IN THE WORLD
Ghana accounts for 2.1% and 1.9% of the global malaria cases and related deaths, respectively, making it one of the top highest Malaria burden countries in the world. Again, 5.7million people had Malaria in Ghana in 2021 with 308 deaths.
This, according to Mr. Odame- Awuku, is alarming since Malaria can easily be preventable and called on the public to take the malaria interventions seriously.
He called on all stakeholders to join in renewing their commitment and support the fight against malaria in the country.
AGA MALARIA CONTROL’s IRS INTERVENTION YIELDS RESULTS
Delivering a speech on behalf of the Senior Manager of Sustainability, the Stakeholders Engagement Officer Edmond Oduro, said AngloGold Ashanti introduced the AGA Malaria Control programme 16 years ago to help reduce the outbreak of malaria.
He said the Indoor Residual Spraying intervention of AGAMAL, has resulted in more than 1,177,450 people in 159,355 households across all operational areas of AGA being protected from malaria annually.
He said the intervention has however been deployed to sixteen districts, including 11 districts in the Upper West and 3 districts in the Upper East Region.
He said AGA is not resting on its oars, but will continue to prioritize the health needs of the people, especially in their operational areas.He said, “in partnership with GIZ Development Programme, AGA with its Sustainable Development Units (AGAMAL and AGA Health Foundation), has launched a community health programme which seeks to manage and eradicate all epidemics and pandemics within and beyond the […]