Malaria tops list of top 10 killer diseases in Adansi
Malaria tops a list of the top 10 killer diseases in outpatient departments in Northern Adansi District, Ashanti Region.
As a result, the district assembly, through the health directorate, launched a malaria control campaign to eradicate the disease.
Adansi North District General Manager, Mr. Eric Kwaku Kusi, announced to Dompoase as AngloGold Ashanti (AGA), Obuasi Mine, along with its strategic partners in the fight against malaria, AGAMAL, have joined the world to mark this year’s World Malaria Day.
The mining company also provided clinical care and medicine to people, including students, in the traditional area of Dompoase.
It was organized in collaboration with AGA Malaria Control Unit, GIZ (a German company), AGA Health Foundation, Adansi Dompoase Traditional Council, Adansi North District Assembly and the Adansi North District Health Management Team.
Mr Kusi said Ghana was among the 15 worst affected countries in the world, but said that between 2016 and 2019 the country had made significant progress in its case management by 32% (from 237 cases to 1 000 people at risk to 161 cases).
The day aimed, among other things, to help raise awareness and share an action plan to end malaria.
The plan will involve advancing equity, which includes increasing the resources used in the fight against malaria and building resilient health systems.
AGA’s superintendent responsible for stakeholder engagement and sustainability, Mr. Edmund Oduro Agyei, said the mine was committed to the treatment and elimination of diseases such as malaria and would not back down. .
He said it was with this in mind that his subsidiary, AGAMAL, was set up to help reduce the high rates of malaria infections.
Mr. Agyei calmed the nerves of residents of Dompoase that according to statistics released by the AGA Health Foundation, malaria was no longer one of the top three diseases in Obuasi.
Indeed, he noted that the reduction in malaria cases had eased the burden on his health system and facilities, leading to the shift of his attention to other health issues.
Mr. Agyei said that through his yet to be unveiled socio-economic development plan, he will reinforce the mine’s commitment to continuously engage with relevant stakeholders to collectively embark on rigorous sensitization.
The Director of Health of Adansi North District, Mr. Awuku Odame, hinted that about 241 million people contract the malaria disease globally every year, of which 627,000 die, with Ghana being the 10th country the more endemic in the world.
He said that last year around 5.7 million people were infected with the disease.
Of this figure, 308 people lost their lives.
Mr. Odame called on other actors to contribute to the fight against the disease.