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17.07.2009 Health

Zoomlion/MOH to drive malaria out of Upper East

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Bolgatanga, July 16, GNA - Zoomlion Company Limited in collaboration with the Ministry of Health have embarked on a malaria control programme to reduce the incidence of malaria in the Upper East Region.

Under the programme, all the nine districts in the region would be sprayed monthly with insecticides including aqua reslin, pynosect, fastrack among others to kill mosquitoes and other harmful insects in the region.

Briefing the press at Bolgatanga on Thursday, the Regional Pest Control Officer of Zoomlion, Mr James Awuni said the exercise had already commenced in the Bolgatanga Municipality and would be extended to the other districts in the region.

He said 20 Mosquito Control Spraying groups would be attached to each district to undertake the operation and indicated that they had been given adequate training to effectively embark on the exercise.

He noted that Municipal and District Environmental Officers from various districts were involved in demarcating infested areas for spraying and noted that market places, toilet facilities, refuse dump sites, hospitals and waste disposal sites would sprayed.

He said Zoomlion in collaboration with the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly had previously signed a contract to spray insecticides quarterly to kill mosquitoes and other harmful insecticides.

Mr Amuni also noted that the programme would complement a similar programme by the Assembly to effectively control the spread of malaria in the Region.

Mr Laud Mike Tagoe, Upper East Regional Operations Supervisor of Zoomlion Company Limited, said the huge sums of money government commit to the treatment of malaria, could have been used for other good purposes.

He expressed optimism that the exercise would help reduce the incidence of malaria in the region and appealed to people not to throw away refuse indiscriminately.

Mr Tagoe said an intensive public education would be made on various platforms to sensitize people on the exercise and on sanitation issues.

GNA

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