U/E Health Directorate praised for malaria reduction

The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and UNICEF have been praised for contributing to the reduction of malaria in the region.

The total malaria cases since 2012 has seen a 53 per cent decline while total deaths due to malaria reduced by 59 per cent during the first half of 2015.

Malaria under five deaths reduced by 66 per cent during the same period, Mr Philip D. Baazeng, the Garu-Tempane District Co-ordinating Director, has said.

Mr Baazeng as speaking on behalf of the District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Albert Alalzuuga, when the GHS and UNICEF commended the Atempudbog Community for emerging the best community in sleeping under the Long Lasting Insecticide Net at a durbar in the district.

The DCE said the distribution of the bed nets to community members, particularly pregnant women and children below five years, and the provision of indoor residual spraying among other interventions had contributed to the significant reduction of malaria.

He said the intervention, apart from contributing to the reduction of malaria related deaths, particularly maternal and child deaths, had also saved government from using huge sums of money to import malaria drugs for treatment.

The DCE urged the community members to ensure good sanitation practices and actively participate in the monthly National Sanitation Day exercise to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.

Dr Kojo Opare Larbi, the Deputy Regional Director in charge of Public Health, GHS, said malaria control was very critical to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

He said that informed the decision of the GHS and UNICEF to launch the intervention to encourage more households in the districts to sleep under the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets.

Dr Opare, who attributed the achievement of the community to their strict adherence to the health programme, said malaria was preventable and curable and entreated communities across the region to embrace the intervention to help deal with the problem.
A drama was staged by the community on how to use the nets. GNA

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