The Central region last year recorded a 2.9% drop in the number of malaria cases as well as a 3% fall in malaria related deaths.
Per statistics given by the regional health directorate, in 2017, 618, 820 malaria cases were recorded as against 628, 384 recorded the previous year. Again in 2017, the region had 35 malaria related deaths, a drop from the 2016 logged number of 104.
At a stakeholders meeting on the Long Lasting Insecticidal Net (LLIN) registration exercise currently underway in the region and across the country, the central regional coordinator for malaria control, Mr. Moses B. Asante, identified the increased use of insecticidal nets by people, the active response to malaria patients by health professionals and the availability of malaria drugs at various health posts as some reasons for the decline.
Mr Asante, speaking on the registration exercise which begun on Monday May 14 said the process will run till the 20th of May, 2018.
Explaining the focus of the exercise, he said the Ghana Health Service with support from its donors is targeting a further downward record of malaria infections and its related deaths.
“The main aim of the exercise is to distribute nets to people in various communities so that they sleep under them. Once they sleep under them, definitely, we will prevent malaria transmission and the malaria situation will go down”.
The registration and onward distribution of the insecticidal nets targets protecting 80% of the population in the central region from malaria. Also, the exercise aims at registering at least 90% of households in the region and distribute the nets to at least 90% of the registered households.
Mr. Asante cautioned the general public against paying any amounts to registration assistants to be registered or to distributors when the distribution exercise scheduled for 18th to 24th July, 2018 begins. He said such people should be reported to the police.
By: ATL FM News