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Ghana Health Officials Intensify Malaria Elimination Efforts

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Malaria is a major public health concern in Ghana, with over 10 million cases recorded each year. However, the country has made significant progress in the fight against the disease, thanks to successful interventions in the past. As a result, Ghana is now transitioning from malaria control to malaria elimination, a move that health officials believe will help achieve zero malaria cases and deaths in the country.

Mildred Komey, the focal person for Malaria in Pregnancy at Ghana’s National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP), has outlined several key strategies that will be used to achieve this goal. For the most part, these strategies will involve the scaling up of existing interventions that have been successful in controlling the disease.

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According to Komey, one of the proposed interventions is the introduction of chemo-preventive measures to prevent malaria in school children. This will involve the use of intermittent preventive treatment of malaria, as well as mass drug administration in highly endemic areas. The aim is to reduce the transmission of the disease and prevent it from spreading to other regions.

Komey also revealed that the NMEP will be collaborating with pharmacies and chemical shops to enhance surveillance of the disease. Many people seek treatment for malaria in these places, and the NMEP aims to use this to its advantage by improving the quality of care and ensuring that patients receive the right treatment.

Another key intervention proposed under the new program is the provision of single-dose primaquine to block malaria transmission. This will involve administering the drug to people who have been infected with the disease, with the aim of preventing it from spreading to others.

In a nutshell, Ghana is intensifying efforts to eliminate malaria from the country by scaling up successful interventions from the past. This will involve chemo-preventive measures, mass drug administration, enhanced surveillance, and the provision of single-dose primaquine. With the commitment of resources and efforts, Ghana is optimistic that it can achieve zero malaria cases and deaths in the near future.

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