General News Friday, April 26, 2019
The first lady, Ms Rebecca Acufo-Addo, called for reasonable use of available resources to fight malaria, as donor support for disease eradication continues to decline.
According to her, "the mobilization of internal resources has become more urgent now than before" if the country had to achieve its goals in controlling the burden of malaria.
"I call on all of us to prioritize available resources and ensure its wise use to help us achieve the goal we have set. The general fund of the regional assemblies, for example, stipulates that 0.5% of the fund should be allocated to malaria control activities among ordinary people.
"I urge all assemblies to use this fund as it is designed to control malaria. It is necessary to strengthen the cooperation between the health service and the assemblies to ensure that these funds are intended for its proper use, "she said.
Ms. Akufo-Addo yesterday turned to durbar to mark the World Malaria Day in Somania in the eastern region.
Suspended on topic; "Zero Zero Malaria Begins With Me", the event gathered government officials, development partners, civil society organizations, health workers, traditional rulers and students to incite the need to personalize actions to reduce malaria in the country.
While assessing progress in combating proliferation, including reducing mortality, improving malaria treatment and vaccinating, the first lady warned of "inaction and complacency" in the fight against malaria.
"The trend of celebrating our successes and then going into inertia is unacceptable. We can not afford to be complacent because malaria is not complacent. He attacks and attacks. The only way we can beat it is to act decisively, consistently and ruthlessly in a coordinated and effective way, "she advised.
Achieving zero malaria for the country, says Ms. Akufo-Addo, is possible as more and more countries are moving "to zero-scale local populations." We can also do this if we all work together and follow the guidelines established by the World Health Organization (WHO) and our national strategy. "
WHO Director Owen Kaluwa, who provides statistics from the World Malaria Report for 2018, revealed that of the 15 countries that contributed to 80% of the global burden of malaria, all except the India, are from sub-Saharan Africa.
He said African countries should accelerate the pace of progress in controlling malaria if "we want to achieve a 40% reduction in global malaria and fatalities by 2020 and other Objective 3 targets for sustainable development."
Dr. Kaliva called for "renewing political engagement and investment to eradicate malaria", urging governments to "mobilize all internal and external resources needed to fight malaria while ensuring cross-sectoral and cross-border cooperation."
Program Manager of the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP), Dr. Kesya Malm, stressed that health workers must strictly adhere to T3 policy; test all suspected cases of malaria, treat only positive cases with appropriate anti-malarial and follow-up improvement.
According to her, the alleged treatment of malaria contributed somewhat to our "current mortality", excluding behavioral and financing challenges.
– Malaria is curable; people should take responsibility for their health needs and for this – malaria. Sleep on treated bed nets every night and always require a malaria diagnostic test before taking treatment.
"Once it is confirmed that the temperature is malaria, take the entire course of treatment as prescribed by a health care professional, do not use substandard medicines, pregnant women should be in healthcare early in order to receive at least five doses of SP for If we all play our individual and collective role with the firm commitment that it starts with me, the elimination of malaria in Ghana is achievable, "she said.
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, in his speech, expressed the government's commitment to mobilize the necessary funding and resources to implement strategies to improve the delivery of quality healthcare services throughout the country.