Dennis Osei Gymafi/Stephen Appiah, GNA
Accra, April 25, GNA –
SOS Children’s Village Ghana in collaboration with the International SOS, and
Zoomlion have organized a Malaria Awareness Campaign in Glefe, a fishing
community in the Ablekuma District in Accra.
The programme, on the
theme; “Zero Malaria Start with Me.” was organized as part of activities to
mark the World Malaria Day, which falls on April 25, to sensitize the indigenes
on malaria prevention.
A clean-up exercise
was organized along some major streets of the community, together with a free
health screening for the locals.
Mrs Rosemond Boamah,
Programmes Director at SOS Children’s Village Ghana, said in an interview that,
the campaign was part of a five-year partnership with International SOS to mark
World Malaria Day in vulnerable communities in the country.
She said Glefe was
chosen this year because about 250 students from the area, were part of the
students funded under the five-year partnership.
Mrs Boamah said, their
ultimate goal was to spread the importance of malaria prevention and also to share
treated mosquito nets to families and residents in the community.
“Together with the
community, we cleaned up the major street of Glefe and we are hoping that with
our partnership with Zoomlion and the Municipal Assembly, this clean-up would
be regular for us to sensitize the people on the need to keep their environment
She said the country
could attain a ‘zero malaria’ case when people changed their attitude towards
the environment, adding that, government needed to put strong measures to make
sure that the environment was clean.
Dr Vanessa Atikpui, of
West Rescue Association advised that, the indigenes must strive to keep their
environment clean by clearing all stagnant waters, which were breeding grounds
“To achieve zero
malaria, we need to start from our own homes by burning trash instead of
throwing it anywhere in the community,”
Madam Joyce Abbey,
Metropolitan Health Director of the area said, malaria was the most recorded
disease at the local health facilities and lauded the education, which she said
had given them the opportunity to learn about the prevention and dangers of the
She was hopeful that
the situation could improve after the campaign with the education given.