NMCP Targets 75% Reduction Of Malaria Cases By 2020

Malaria-related cases are targeted to be reduced by 75 percent by the year 2020, Acting Programs Manager at the National Malaria Control Programme has said.

Dr Kezia Malm who was speaking to newsmen during a media engagement in the Ashanti Region says several other efforts have been put in place to quell the increasing cases of the malaria disease recorded at the various health facilities across the country.

She says the team was also stepping up efforts to further control the disease and to reduce its spread to the barest minimum.

Health workers in the country have express worry over the increasing deaths recorded at the various health facilities as a result of malaria despite the efforts being made.Most childhood deaths recorded in these health facilities are malaria-related.

                                          Dr Kezia Malm National Malaria Control Programme Deputy Director 

The Ministry of Health (MoH), the Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) team are rolling out free distribution of the long lasting insecticide nets to households as a way of preventing malaria in the country.

Dr Malm is however optimistic that the interventions put in place will go a long way to help eradicate the disease which has been topping the list of diseases reported at health facilities across the country.

She says the team has also put measures in place to prevent the sale of the nets to innocent members of the public.

Dr Malm also advised beneficiaries of the treated nets to follow the right procedures before it use.

Officials of the Ashanti Regional Health Service are however entreating the public to embrace the exercise.

                              Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr Yeboah Awusi Addressing Journalists In Kumasi 

Deputy Ashanti Regional Health Director, Dr Yeboah Awusi says all households who were registered by a team of personnel deployed for the exercise, will be given coupons to use for the collection of the Long-Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) at the distribution centers.

He denied allegation that the exercise was targeted at scoring political points for the current administration ahead of the 2016 elections.

The distribution exercise will begin from Monday 7th December to Sunday 15th December, 2015.

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