Malaria remains one of the most severe
causes of illness particularly in sub- saharan Africa, where according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), was home to 90 percent of malaria cases and 92 percent of malaria deaths recorded in 2015 .
Ghana is no exception as far as malaria cases are concerned as the disease is one of the leading causes of illness in the country.
According to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Ghana continues to be a malaria endemic-country, recording high percentages of
It said in 2017 for instance, malaria contributed to 34 percent of OPD cases, 22 percent inpatients admissions
Although the disease affects all ages, children under five and pregnant women are the most vulnerable groups, the NMCP has said.
Over the years, though Ghana has introduced various interventions and programmes aimed at reducing the rate of infection and deaths due to malaria, the country continues to record quite a number of malaria cases, especially among children.
In 2016, 590 malaria deaths were recorded among children under five years.
This, however, reduced to 327 in 2017. Children are the future leaders of this country and so we cannot continue to lose them at this rate, especially to preventable diseases like malaria.
Some of these interventions that have so far been introduced include the treated mosquito nets, indoor residual spraying, administration of malaria drugs to pregnant women and the seasonal
It is important that both parents and children take advantage of these interventions in order to help reduce malaria cases.
Parents should use the treated nets for the reason it was given out - they should let their children sleep under them and not use them for gardening as some do with the nets.
The situation whereby people do not go for any malaria test but take the drugs is not
Again, we should keep our surroundings clean and particularly, destroy all breeding places of mosquitos which are the causes of malaria.
Malaria kills and it will take our individual efforts to stop it. The government through the Ghana Health Service and the NMCP is doing its part. Let us also play our part.
This is why the disclosure by
In an interview he granted the Junior Graphic recently, he said the intervention, which started in June and is supposed to end in September would see health personnel and community health care officers moved from house-to-house to administer the drugs to the children.
The northern region, which is another malaria
Malaria is dangerous and kills very fast
Corporate Ghana should also support the government and the health sector to implement the various interventions that are aimed at reducing the incidence of malaria in the country.