Professor Gordon Awandare of the Department of Biochemistry of the University of Ghana has expressed hope that it is possible for Ghana to eradicate malaria with continuous support and commitments made so far. He says some significant gains have been made in the fight against malaria over the years.
Prof Gordon Awandare was speaking at the World Malaria Day Open Forum held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on Tuesday. The program was jointly organized by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology of the University of Cape Coast, Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA), Ghana and West African Centre for Cell Biology, University of Ghana.
The discussion focused on the readiness of Ghana to eradicate malaria from the country.
Speaking on the theme “Ready to end Malaria. Ready indeed?” Prof Gordon Awandare indicated current statistics on malaria in Ghana clearly shows it is possible for the disease to be effectively eradicated.
“I think we can reduce malaria to a nuisance. I think we have made a lot of progress. If you look at the data over the past ten years, malaria has steadily come down…malaria transmission has reduced, mortality has reduced over the last ten years. Mostly this has come from having an effective drug. I am hopeful but we have to keep our foot on the pedal”.
Professor Gordon Awandare
He explained that though there is hope for Ghana to eliminate malaria, there requires further intensification of effort. According to him, malaria is likely to spread more in the rural areas than the urban areas and stressed the need for the country to focus on socio-economic development since that could support the fight against malaria.
On her part, a medical officer with the National Malaria Control Program, Dr. Akosua Gyasi highlighted the need to improve on vector control mechanisms since it is one of the known effective methods of combating malaria.
Dr. Akosua Gyasi
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Source : ATL FM News / Claudia Mensah