Ho sustaining gains in malaria fight
Thursday 25th April, 2019
A.B. Kafui Kanyi, GNA
Ho, April 25, GNA – The
Ho Municipal Directorate of Health Services is continuing community engagement
on the use of treated bed nets and environmental management to sustain gains
made in the fight against malaria.
The Directorate is
also conducting regular vector control exercises with support from Zoomlion and
building staff capacity to keep malaria figures down and prevent deaths.
Mr Prosper Amegadzi,
Municipal Focal Person on Malaria said this in an interview with the Ghana News
Agency on World Malaria Day.
He said the
Directorate was quietly celebrating no under-five malaria death for 2017 and
2018 and no malaria related death for pregnant women for the same period and working
hard to make it better.
Mr Amegadzi said after
the distribution of 90,000 treated bed nets in 2018, the Municipality recorded
significant decline in malaria cases from52, 457 in 2017 to 40,122 in 2018.
He said the
Directorate’s target was to further reduce the 2018 figure to about 25,000 in
2019 through the supply of more treated bed nets and called for support from
Mr Amegadzi said the
Directorate’s major concerns were presumptive treatment at some clinics and
patients unwillingness to take full course of treatment as prescribed by
He also lamented about
the reluctance of some people, especially city dwellers to sleep in treated bed
nets though they have them.
The Municipal Malaria
Focal Person in 2017 told the Ghana News Agency that though 70 per cent of
residents in the Ho Municipal area had treated mosquito nets, only 40 per cent
used the net to prevent malaria.
He said a survey
conducted on the shortfall revealed that a good number of people in the
Municipality only used the nets for visitors to create “good impressions”.