29 September 2009

Ghana: Zoomlion Intensifies Malaria Control Programme

The Ministry of Health, in conjunction with Ghana's waste management experts, ZoomLion Waste Management Company Ghana Limited, has intensified the National Mosquito Control Programme (NMCP), which is a malaria control campaign geared towards addressing the health challenges confronting the people of the region.

The programme, which started in the region few months ago, is supposed to continue to cover places that truly pose a malaria threat, as a result of the breeding of mosquitoes.

Consequently, a monthly adoticiding and larviciding of all major drains in the region, particularly in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis, began over the weekend at the Effia Nkwanta Regional Hospital, where a major drain is currently under construction.

The drain has been designed to address the perennial problem of flood during the rainy season, which has over the years been disturbing the Central Hospital.

Mr. Atta Agyem Francis, Western Regional Vector Control Officer of ZoomLion, who supervised the monthly spraying exercise, told the Western File that the private-public partnership campaign against mosquitoes, was geared towards controlling malaria in the region, and would therefore be carried out on a monthly basis as planned.

According to Mr. Agyem Francis, ZoomLion aims at eradicating mosquitoes at the hospital and other major drains in the region.

He explained that the programme was geared towards clearing mosquito breeding area.

This initiative, he indicated, was therefore being carried out by the government and the management of ZoomLion, to address the spread of the malaria disease in the region.

The monthly spraying of these strategic areas in the region, he confirmed, would continue to help stem the spread of the disease.

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