Ghana intensifies fight against malaria

The participants

The participants

Ghana is joining other endemic malaria countries in the world to eliminate the disease and reduce its related deaths by 2030.

 

In this regard, 11 million insecticide treated mosquito bed nets have so far been distributed as part of the government’s intervention policy to reduce the disease burden among the citizenry, especially pregnant women and children.

 

These came to light yesterday at a two-day training seminar for 27 senior journalists drawn from various media institutions in the country.

 

It is being organised by the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) and the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with the African Media and Malaria Network (AMMREN).

 

The training workshop is aimed at broadening the horizons of journalists in malaria and how media practitioners could help in the country’s drive towards total elimination of the disease.

 

Dr Felicia Owusu Antwi of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ghana office, urged journalists to give more media coverage to malaria issues and make it their priorities so as to win the fight against the malaria disease.

 

“We want to have you trumpeting the malaria stories in your reportage,” she said, adding that the disease could only be eliminated if the media played its role appropriately.

 

Topics treated included Global strategies on malaria and elimination agenda, malaria case management and the new malaria vaccine.

 

Executive Director of AMMREN, Dr Charity Binka, expressed her organisation’s commitment to collaborate with health institutions, particularly the NMCP and GHS to enable them to achieve their malaria free agenda for Ghana.

 

 

 

Other speakers included Dr Nana Yaw Preprah, Dr Keziah Malm and Dr Boakye Yaidom Amoako, all of the NMCP.

By Norman Cooper

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