NGO supports buruli ulcer control in Dormaa, Asunafo South

Medical Assistance Program, an international non-governmental organization (NGO), has donated drugs and other medical supplies in support of buruli ulcer control in the Dormaa Municipality and Asunafo South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.

The NGO is working to help communities to develop the capacity to improve the health and well being of the people.

The drugs and supplies that worth GHC 12,057.00 are made up of 50 rolls of cotton wool, 100 rolls of crepe bandage, 2000 pieces of syringes (5 mls), 500 syringes (2 mls) and 54 rolls of plaster tape (2 inches)

The rest are 300 bottles of normal saline, 22,400 capsules of rifampicin (300mg), 5,600 vials of streptomycin, 10 bottles of walkerdine solution and 10 tubes of walkerdine ointment.

Mr Idris Dada Buabeng, Country Programme Manager of the NGO, handed over the drugs and suppliers to representative of the two areas.

He said: “we are currently supporting disease prevention with particular attention to buruli ulcer control in Dormaa Municipality, Asunafo South, Nkoranza North and Nkoranza South Districts”.

Mr Buabeng said 60,000 US dollars accrued from contributions from Rotary Club of Sunyani Central, the NGO and the American Leprosy Mission had been committed to the prevention of the disease in the Dormaa and Asunafo South areas.

He said the NGO was collaborating with the National Buruli Ulcer Control Programme and the Ghana Health Service to fight the disease in the two areas.

Mr Buabeng explained that the Brong Ahafo Buruli Ulcer Control project was aimed at improving the capacity of nurses and other front line health workers to manage the disease, and said it included antibiotic treatment, wound dressings and steps to prevent associated disability.

He said the project also sought to sensitise communities about the disease, build the capacities of community health volunteers to enable them to detect buruli ulcer in its early stages and to report to the appropriate authorities for action.

Mr Maxwell Damoah, Disease Control Officer in Dormaa Municipality and Mrs Winifred Tienaah, Acting District Director of Health Service in Asunafo South, received the donation .

Mrs Tienaah commended the NGO for the gesture and gave the assurance that health personnel would intensify efforts at bringing the disease under control in the endemic areas in the Region. GNA

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