The Municipal Chief Executive of La-Nkwantanang-Madina, Mr Franklin Anku, has said it was the desire of the government to ensure that every individual had access to quality healthcare,.
He was speaking at a one day anti-malaria durbar organized by the Municipal Health Directorate at the main Madina Market Lorry Park.
Mr Anku told them to take their health issues seriously especially malaria and told them to get involved in undertaking preventive measures such as keeping the environment clean to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.
The Municipal Director of Health, Ms Priscilla Anima Siam, said statistics at the municipality showed a reduction of 21% in malaria cases from 57,580 in 2012 to 47,264 in 2013.
She attributed the reduction to the long lasting insecticide nets mass distribution and many strategies adopted in the municipality, adding that the World Health Organization had said the usage of the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets was the best way to prevent malaria.
The anti-malaria durbar drew market women who examined their Body Mass Index and obesity. Thumps were punched to examine if there were malaria parasites in the blood with a kit known as “Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test” which gave results within 20 minutes.
Thirty-four people were examined by nurses led by the Principal Nursing Officer Madam Namon Constance of Madina Hospital, and four people had the malaria parasite in their blood and were referred to the nearest hospital for treatment. GNA