Ghana Makes Remarkable Progress In Malaria Control
Ghana is said to be making remarkable progress when it comes to Malaria Control due to some remarkable interventions by the Ghana Health Service to ensure the country reaches its MDG target of zero deaths from Malaria.
According to the Deputy Program Manager of the Malaria Control Program under the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Keziah Malm, the prevalence rate in Northern Ghana remains high in spite of the successes achieved with eradicating the disease in other regions of the country.
‘In the three northern regions which has the highest burden of Malaria, we have malaria prevalence ranging from about 48 percent to 51 percent’
In an interview on Radio Univers’ flagship health show ‘Good Health’, Dr. Malm noted that more education is needed to ensure a successful eradication of the disease in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions of Ghana.
The 2009 National Malaria Control Programme Annual Report indicated that malaria, which has been a major cause of poverty and low productivity in Ghana accounted for about 32.5 percent of all OPD attendances and 48.8 percent of under five years admissions in the country.
Ghana in 1999 committed itself to the Roll Back Malaria (RBM) initiative and developed a strategic framework to guide its implementation aimed at strengthening health services through multi and inter-sectoral partnerships and making Malaria treatment and prevention strategies more widely available.
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