Junior Chamber International (JCI) Accra Royale, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on Saturday organised a cleanup exercise in La Kaklamadu in the La Dadekotopon municipality, in Accra to help eradicate malaria from the area.
The programme dubbed “Nothing But Nets,” attracted members of the community, who cleaned, weeded busy compounds, and fumigated gutters to prevent breeding of mosquitoes.
The JCI members screened the people, including children for malaria, educated them on the causes and prevention of the disease, and distributed mosquito nets to them, to help prevent the spread of malaria.
President of the NGO, Miss Sylvia Sefakor Senu, said the programme, which was aimed at eradicating malaria, would also help the NGO to identify those infected with the disease in the community for the necessary assistance.
She urged the people, especially mothers and their children to sleep in mosquito nets to prevent them from getting malaria.
Miss Senu advised the people to undertake clean-up campaigns, fumigation of gutters and change their attitude towards sanitation to prevent the spread of malaria and cholera.
Assembly member of the area, Mr. Emmanuel Nyarko Baah, urged the people to participate in communal labour and clean ups, saying “the people are not interested in activities that will help make the community clean”.
He said the assembly would sustain its monthly clean-up exercises, to rid the community of mosquitoes, stressing that, “With today’s event, only three per cent of the population participated and we have to convince them to come for the health screening”.
Mr. Nyarko Baah commended JCI for the initiative, and urged other NGOs to assist in improving sanitation.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu