ACCRA– Ghana is poised to eliminate malaria through commitment and innovative strategies, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Although Ghana’s fight against malaria has lasted many years, he says the nation’s effective execution of a Strategic Plan for Malaria Control as well as the introduction of other innovative strategies are indications that Ghana stands ready to beat malaria.
President Akufo-Addo gave the assurance when he addressed the Malaria Summit in London on Wednesday. It was one of the events being held on the sidelines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in the British capital this week.
The president said a lot of work had to be done to reduce the prevalence of malaria, citing statistics from the Ghana Health Service that malaria, which topped Out Patient Department in the country’s health facilities, resulted in the death of three children every day, with 10.4 million cases reported in 2016 out of the country’s almost 30 million population.
The President expressed optimism that Ghana’s aim of reducing malaria morbidity and mortality by 75 per cent by the year 2020 was attainable. This conviction is reinforced by the solid, decade-long work and advocacy undertaken by my fair lady, Rebecca, Ghana’s First Lady, through her Infanta Malaria Prevention Foundation, he said.
Ghana’s goal, through the National Strategic Plan for Malaria Control, he said, was to achieve and sustain near-zero malaria deaths, and, ultimately, a malaria-free Ghana.
President Akufo-Addo said aside the major interventions of the Plan and the strengthening of health systems, the Government was providing tax exemptions on anti-malarial commodities, adopting measures to deal with anti-malarial drug resistance, and implementing policies to mitigate the effects of climate change and environmental degradation, that impacted on malaria transmission.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK