Pregnant women urged to make effective use of treated nets to eradicate malaria

Malaria Control
Malaria Control

Madam Gifty Anti, the National Malaria Champion, has advised Ghanaians, especially pregnant women to make good use of the insecticide-treated net to help eradicate malaria in the country.

She said, “malaria kills” and affected more children hence, pregnant women needed not joke with it, especially in their vulnerable state.

Madam Anti gave the advice during a field visit to monitor point mass distribution of Long-Lasting Insecticide-Treated Nets (LLIN) at the Okaikwei North District in Accra.

She said to drive the country to Zero Malaria, there was the need to intensify education across the country as well as have effective communication targeted at the right people to ensure they understood the message.  

“We want people to understand the importance of sleeping under the treated mosquito nets aside the other malaria prevention interventions such as the use of artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), the use of sulfadoxine-pyrimethamine (SP), by pregnant women and indoor residual spraying (IRS),” she said.

The Malaria Champion advised pregnant women to visit the hospital when they suspected malaria and not self-medicate because of their condition.

She urged the citizenry to always keep a clean environment, distil chocked gutters, and practice good handwashing hygiene.

The distribution of the LLIN for the public started in the Greater Accra Region on Wednesday and expected to last for a week. 

Mrs Atubea Owusu Akrofi, the Medical Entomologist, National Malaria Control Programme, Ghana Health Service, said the nationwide exercise would ensure that everyone in a household got a net.

She said the distribution exercise was preceeded by a registration process so only households that registered would get the net.

“We have been doing this throughout the country since the beginning of the year and it is now the turn of the greater Accra region and the last is the Ashanti region. We are distributing over three million nets in Greater Accra”, she stated.

Mrs Akrofi said volunteers would be working throughout the weekend and urged people who had registered but were not able to come for their nets to do so.
“People should also listen to the various announcements going round within their communities, so they know exactly where to go to for their nets”, she added.

She said after distribution, they would embark on another education to get people to use the net and not put it down.
“We urge people to use the net when they come for it, especially pregnant women, children under five must also sleep under the net because it is only when they sleep in it that the mosquitoes do not bite”, she stated.

The Malaria Champion together with officials from the National Malaria Programme, Ghana Health Service, and health professionals visited the Achimota Hospital, Achimota Market, and the Kaneshie Polyclinic to monitor the distribution process. 

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