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AngloGold Ashanti sprays Wey Gey Hey

BY: Daniel Kenu
Students, teachers of Wesley Girls High School and officials of AGAMAL after the spraying exercise
Students, teachers of Wesley Girls High School and officials of AGAMAL after the spraying exercise

AngloGold Ashanti (Ghana) Malaria Control Limited (AGAMal), a subsidiary of the world’s third largest producer of Gold, AngloGold Ashanti Limited, has sprayed Wesley Girls High School (Wey Gey Hey) at no cost to control mosquito bites in the fight against malaria.

AGAMal has the mandate of developing, implementing and sustaining a malaria control programme that is effective, efficient, economical and measurable.

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Objective

The main objective of the organisation is to propagate the agenda of reducing malaria incidence in designated parts of Ghana.

The Business Development Manager of AGAMAL, Rosemary Ampofo-Bekoe, said the spraying of Wey Gey Hey was in response to a call by the school to assist in dealing with the menace of malaria-causing mosquitoes which was affecting teaching and learning negatively.

Insecticide

She said the insecticide used was Fludora Fusion WP-SB, a formulated combination of Clothianidin and Deltamethrin product of Bayer, a German multinational, pharmaceutical and Life Sciences Company.

Team

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A 12-member team from AGAMal executed the three-day task using 115 sachets of Fludora Fusion insecticide.

In all, the nine houses of the school, all classrooms, laboratories and staff bungalows were covered with the residual insecticide which is expected to be active on the wall for nine months to provide protection against malaria.

Appreciation

The Headmistress of the school, Mrs Kay Oppong Nkrumah, expressed immense gratitude and satisfaction for the spraying exercise.

“We appreciate your swift response to our plea for help in carrying out a three-day Indoor Residual Spraying exercise for malaria prevention in all of our school buildings, including classrooms, dormitories and even staff apartments,” she said.

She said she was glad that the insecticide had an adverse effect on other nuisance insects and that the exercise had contributed to the provision of the necessary atmosphere for academic excellence.

Partnership

AGAMal, in partnership with the Ghana Health Service (GHS), National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Municipal and District Assemblies and with support from AngloGold Ashanti, Ghana (AGAG), the Global Fund and Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) through its NgenIRS project, is implementing Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) programme in the Obuasi Municipality and Obuasi East District in the Ashanti Region.

Also covered are all 11 districts in the Upper West Region and Kassena Nankana, Builsa North and Builsa South districts in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

About AGAMAL

AGAMal is legally registered as a non-governmental, non-profit, limited by guarantee entity.

It is wholly owned by AngloGold Ashanti and mandated to contribute to a reduction and possible elimination of malaria.

Focus

AGAMal seeks the opportunity to offer non-commercial services to interested parties with the ultimate aim of saving lives.

AGAMal is seeking partnerships with corporate entities to assist in the efforts to prevent and control malaria primarily through Indoor Residual Spraying and other effective preventive interventions such as bed nets and larviciding.