Health education yielding results in V.R

Mr Alexander P. Segbefia answering questions from the committee (7)Following the intensification of public education, malaria cases involving pregnant women in the Volta Region last year, reduced by 25 per cent of that of the previous year.

The Volta Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. Joseph Neurtey, who disclosed this, said 25,790 cases were recorded in 2014, as compared to 34,452 recorded in 2013, a decrease of 9,662.

He said malaria deaths among pregnant women remained at zero per cent over five years.

Dr. Neurtey made this known at this year’s regional launch of World Malaria Day at Adaklu Waya in the Adaklu District.

The celebration, which was under the theme: ‘Harvest in the future; defeat malaria,’ brought together, participants from all over the district, including school children.

Dr. Neurtey said the region had chalked the feat due to constant education.

He explained that one of the reasons for commemorating the 2015 World Malaria Day in the Adaklu District, was the fact that the district was not endowed with many health facilities, and also the low level of performance in malaria control interventions.

Dr. Neurtey said the Volta Region was one of the four regions in Ghana which, according to statistics, had a high prevalence of parasitemia in which 25 out of 100 children under five years, would have the malaria parasite in their blood.

He said if Ghana was to maintain and accelerate progress against malaria in line with the Millennium Development Goal Six and to ensure attainment of MDGs Four and Five, more resources were needed for the malaria control programme.

He commended the community-based volunteers, the various health workers and other public and private agencies who were always committed and willing to support malaria control programmes.

The District Chief Executive for Adaklu District, Emmanuel Sky Ganaku, expressed concern about the prevalence rate of malaria in children under five in the district, increasing from 3,414 in 2013 to 4061 in 2014.

That, he said, needed efforts to create awareness, provide updates on the interventions and also seek support from partners for continuous intervention.

Mr. Morris Oquaye, an officer of USAID Systems for Health Project, assured of their continuous support in putting up more Community-based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) compounds in the district.

From Kafui Gati, Adaklu Waya 

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