Greater Accra Households to get free mosquito nets

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) will from November 22 to 28 start the distribution of free mosquito nets to all households in the Greater Accra Region to help eradicate malaria.

At a media briefing in Accra, the Regional Director of GHS, Dr Charity Sarpong said her outfit was embarking on a campaign dubbed “Point mass distribution”, stating it was a programme to distribute long lasting insecticide treated Nets (LLINs) to Ghanaians.

Under the program, there will be a house to house registration from November 6 to 12, before the distribution exercise to ensure that there is a list of all beneficiaries in each community to help know how many mosquito nets should be given to each household.

‘Households will be registered using an electronic App installed on a handheld device and the following information will be required; Name of household head, Number of people in the household, house number/ location and contact number’ she added.

According to Dr Sarpong coded cards would be presented at the designated distribution points to redeem allocated LLIN, saying that mosquito nets would be given to only people in a household of two and those who do not register or have no codes would not receive any mosquito nets.

She however encouraged the general public to participate in the registration in order to benefit from the free distribution.

In her overview of the Point mass distribution campaign 2018, the Regional Malaria Focal Person at the GHS, Mrs Dorothy Abudey said the effect of malaria has gone down drastically in the Greater Accra region in since 2014.

Death records indicated that children above five years had reduced from 72 in 2014 to 14 in 2017, as the interventions in places were producing the needed results.

Source: ISD (Doris Sodjah & Chantal Aidoo)

Created: 05 November 2018
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