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24.03.2009 Health

GHS calls for public support to fight malaria


The Brong-Ahafo Regional Health Director, Dr. Aaron Offei, has called on Ghanaians to help curb the increasing rate of malaria because the Health services alone can not improve the health status of the people of this country.

Speaking at a Day's workshop on malaria control, organized for stakeholders in the region at Fiapre, Dr. Offei noted that malaria was a disease that could be treated at home before it becomes complicated, by using the basic malaria drugs, but the safest and prudent way is to prevent it with tidy environmental practices.

The workshop was attended by heads of various NGOs, Cooperate Bodies and Associations with the aim of adopting measures in controlling the high rate of the disease in the region, to bring it to its lowest limit by the year 2015.

According to him, the introduction of the combination-therapy was an effort by the Health service to help cure the disease in the country, so Ghanaians should try and adopt it.

Mr. Anthony Ofori, Brong-Ahafo Regional Co-ordinator of Malaria Control announced that the prevalent rate of malaria in the region has dropped significantly, disclosing that the number of malaria cases recorded in the region in 2007 was 889,496 as against 822,204 in the year 2008, representing a decrease of 5.1 per cent.

He noted that about 17 per every 1000 children were affected in 2007, whilst 23 per 1000 children also got affected in 2008 and that the increase in the differences indicated that some cases were not reported to the hospitals. He hinted that children under five years and pregnant women were the people found most victims.

He said the higher incident of malaria among pregnant women and children was due to the weak nature of their immune systems to be able to fight against the malaria vector.

Mr. Ofori noted that malaria was highly endemic in the country, which has affected the nation's productivity, and therefore, called for effective collaboration among the NGOs, Cooperate Bodies, Associations and the health service towards the fight against the disease.