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Malaria is an endemic disease in our communities

The Deputy Director of Public Health in the Eastern region, Dr John Ekow Otoo has said malaria is one of the endemic diseases in our communities.

He, therefore, advised Ghanaians to take malaria preventive measures seriously.

Dr Otoo made the observation while speaking to journalists after a one-day Larval Source Management (LSM) training workshop held in Koforidua, Eastern Region, on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

The training, which was organised by the Ghana Health Service (GHS), under its National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) in collaboration with Zoomlion Ghana Limited NAMCOP Unit with experts drawn from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR).

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It brought together ninety-six (96) participants from ten (11) districts.

Dr John Ekow Otoo, Deputy Director of Public Health

According to Dr Otoo, LSM is a very crucial malaria intervention and the training will help provide the participants with skills on how to use larviciding which involves the use of a biological product to spray breeding sites of mosquitoes.

He described the GHS partnership with Zoomlion as a “great relief.”

“Basically, I am expecting my team of officers, that is, the district directors, the malaria focal person and all their officers to be at the forefront of health delivery in the district. We also expect district directors to ensure the work is done” he said.

Also, the Regional Environmental Health Officer, Prince Osei Kusi praised the organisers for the programme.

“This LSM training is a laudable initiative because it will empower health officers to do their job diligently, adding that it will also complement government’s already existing malaria control interventions in reducing the population of mosquitoes in the country,” he added

Being his first time of participating in such a training exercise, he recommended that moving forward the participant net be widened to include some workers in the assemblies.

Mr Osei Kusi, therefore, advised the participants to make good use of the training, and also pleaded with them to implement all the techniques gained.

On his part, the Zoomlion Regional General Manager, Mr George Aguedze said training will equip participants with skills to be able to identify mosquito breeding sites through a mapping exercise.

He noted that, the product used in the previous spraying exercise has been improved in an efficacious way to fight the malaria vector.

“We have been having this programme for the past three (3) years; we have had training on the iPad and now they are going to improve on the iPad” Mr. Aguedze added.

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