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The Ghana Health Service (GHS) in collaboration with its partners has begun the distribution of Free Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets (LLINs) in the central region.

The distribution exercise which will span seven days will end on Tuesday 17th July, 2018.

This forms part of measures to reduce malaria in the country hence tumbling the dire effects of the disease.

Per the criteria set for the collection of the nets, the Ghana Health Service says the distribution will be based on registration data only and as such, individuals who received their code-card during the registration campaign in May this year are expected to benefit.

At least 90% of registered households are expected to benefit from the distribution exercise. The GHS has a target of protecting about 80% of the population from malaria.

The central regional coordinator for Malaria Control, Mr. Moses Asante explained that registered households have their designated distribution points indicated on their unique code cards.

He said,The distribution points are selected across all the various communities and if you look at the registration code card it has also an information of the name of the distribution point written on it so the person going to the distribution point knows where he is going”.

Mr Asante also advised against paying any amount for the nets since they are for free.

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) earlier this year, Mr. 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.

He said to ensure an onward decline in recorded cases of malaria and deaths related to the disease, people of the region need to make the conscious effort to protect themselves from mosquitoes. He advised that sleeping under the LLINs being distributed is necessary.