Despite the concerted effort by the Government as well as non-governmental organizations to combat the malaria menace in Ghana, Malaria still ranks first among the killer disease that is taking the lives of several children under the age of 5, every year.
It is estimated that every 60 seconds an African child dies of Malaria. Malaria though preventable and curable, continues to take the lives of our future leaders.
In recent news, a father lost his five-year-old child at the Amasaman Government Hospital in the Greater Accra region and, according to medical authorities of the Hospital, the child was diagnosed with complicated malaria with low blood level which resulted in her death.
Malaria is an infectious disease caused by a parasite known as Plasmodium and transmitted by the female Anopheles Mosquito. Infection with Plasmodium Falciparum if not treated promptly can quickly progress to complicated malaria and if left untreated, severe malaria can lead to death. The debilitating effects of Malaria on people of all ages are quite great. Children under the age of 5years and pregnant women are most susceptible to the disease because they have lower immunity to the disease.
When malaria in pregnancy is not treated properly, it can cause anemia leading to miscarriages, stillbirths, underweight babies and maternal deaths. In adult victims aside the financial cost incurred in treating the disease, malaria causes considerable pain and weakness, hence reducing their productivity at work. Malaria is therefore a developmental problem because we are all at risk.
H4P Crew’s net hanging exercise at Koforidua Central Hospital
As an organization actively working with other groups to fight the Malaria menace, the Here for Perfection (H4P) Organization, believes that is it imperative for all and sundry to join in the fight against Malaria; a disease that is preventable and curable.
The H4P organization is a non-governmental organization (NGO) with a focus on a Nation-wide Anti-malaria Campaign and a Special Advocacy for Persons with disability. Key to our Anti-malaria Campaign is the free distribution of Insecticide Treated Nets and the education of the general public about Malaria and its prevention.
The H4P Organization is therefore intensifying its anti-malaria campaign by creating awareness about the need to protect ourselves from the deadly Malaria. According to research, it has been proven that the use of Insecticide Treated Nets (ITN’s) gives maximum protection against Mosquito bites hence preventing the transfer of Malaria. The H4P Organization therefore implores us to join in the fight against malaria by preventing Mosquito bites as much as possible. This can be done by; sleeping in ITN’s, applying mosquito repellent and indoor residual spraying for maximum protection.
Mr. Henry Tims-Ankrah (H4P Crew) donating ITN to a mother
As the adage “Prevention is better that cure” goes, the H4P Organization is making a clarion call for us to intensify our fight against malaria by protecting ourselves, family, friends and loved ones from the deadly Malaria.
Source: H4P Team
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