Twenty-two districts in the Western Region have benefited from a Nationwide Mosquito Control Programme (NAMCOP), under the auspices of the Ministry of Health.
The Head of the Environmental and Sanitation of Zoomlion Ghana Limited in the Western Region, Ms. Diana Mensah, who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times, in an interview last Monday, stated that the programme was aimed at reducing the mosquito population in order to eliminate malaria and other diseases from the country.
Zoomlion, Ms. Mensah said, had recruited spraying gangs trained by the Noguchie Memorial Institute at the University of Ghana and the Valent Biosciences in the United States of America, to help fight mosquitoes.
“This programme is in line with Zoomlion’s commitment to contribute immensely to an efficient health delivery system in the country. It is our hope that, very soon Ghana would record zero per cent malaria cases because it is possible,” she said.
She appealed to the public to refrain from indiscriminate disposal of refuse to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and other insects.
Ms. Mensah expressed gratitude to the media for the support in the fight against malaria, which according to her, was yielding positive results.
“This spraying exercise would drastically reduce the presence of mosquitoes but that shouldn’t prevent anybody from sleeping under treated mosquito nets. Please, endeavour to continue to protect yourselves from mosquito bites as you always do because prevention is better than cure.” she advised.
Ms. Mensah noted that malaria was a major cause of death in the country and most reported ailment to the Out Patient Departments at most health facilities across Ghana.
From Raissa Sambou, Takoradi