Albert Futukpor, GNA
Tamale, Nov 23, GNA – Dr Seidu Barikisu Abukari, Northern Regional Focal Person on Malaria, has appealed to stakeholders in the fight against malaria to extend Indoor Residential Spraying (IRS) of the disease to all parts of the region to reduce its incidence.
She said there has been a significant reduction in the number of deaths due to malaria in the eight districts of the region where IRS currently covered compared to the remaining 20 districts, which did not benefit from the exercise.
She said whiles the use of Insecticide Treated Net (ITNs) was one of the effective ways of controlling malaria, the IRS helped to amongst others destroy breeding spaces of malaria to ensure its effective control hence the need to expand the exercise to cover the entire region.
Dr Barikisu Abukari made the appeal in Tamale on Thursday at an advocacy forum on investing in malaria prevention to increase agricultural production.
The forum was organized by the United Kingdom Department for International Development funded Private Sector Malaria Prevention (PSMP) project of Johns Hopkins Centre for Communication Programmes and attended by stakeholders including farmer-based organizations, non-governmental organizations in agriculture, cooperatives and media practitioners in the region.
Malaria remains one of the deadliest diseases in the country and it currently accounts for 38 per cent of clinic outpatient cases in the country.
Mr Felix Nyanor-Fosu, Chief of Party of PSMP, said the burden of malaria on the country’s economy was huge as people attacked by malaria cannot go to work, whiles a lot of resources are spent to treat them; adding that there is the need for all to embrace the ITNs and properly use them to avoid the disease.
Mr Tetteh Ogum, Business Technology Advisor at PSMP, said dammed areas were breeding grounds for mosquitoes calling for a malaria prevention programme at those areas to ensure that residents were not attacked by malaria.
Participants made presentations committing themselves to intensifying the sensitization on malaria and effective ways of controlling it to reduce the incidence of the disease in the region.