The joint launch of this year’s annual World Malaria Day has taken place in Accra with a call on all stakeholders to double their efforts in the fight against malaria and its devastating consequences.



The Director of Public Health, Dr Badu Sarkodie, who was addressing the media at the launch, yesterday, said the Day would provide the occasion to assess the progress made in the war against malaria.


In a presentation, Dr Constance Bart-Plange, Manager, Malaria Control Programme (MCP), said the main goal of MPC was to reduce disease and death due to malaria by 75per cent by 2020 as spelt out in the National Strategic Plan 2014-2020.


Dr Bart-Plange said the preventive strategies that had been put in place to reduce the disease burden included the distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITNs), Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS), Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Pregnancy (IPTP), Seasonal Malaria Chemo Preventive and Personal Protective Measures.


She disclosed that in the year 2015, 8.4 million treated nets were distributed under the programme in the Central, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Western and the Upper East regions while in the Northern region, 1,814,467 treated nets were distributed.


She mentioned the failure of beneficiaries to use their treated nets regularly, poor environment, presumptive treatment of malaria and very limited internal financial resources for malaria control as some of the challenges facing the programme.


Dr Bart-Plange stressed the need for people to first have a malaria rapid test before administering treatment with the recommended medication and promptly.


World Malaria Day is a day for a unified commemoration of global efforts to combat one of the world’s most dreaded diseases because of its impact on the economic development and health of countries, especially those in sub-Saharan Africa.


The theme for this year’s World Malaria Day is ‘End Malaria for Good: Invest in Malaria’.


In Ghana, activities marking the celebrations will be jointly organized by the Ministry of Health (MOH), Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Communication for Health (C4H), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO).


Source: ISD (Edem Agblevor)



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