Ghana has recorded a reduction in malaria deaths in children under five by 83 per cent over the last eight years, the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) has said.
The rate of malaria-related deaths reduced from 0.6 per cent in 2012 to 0.1 per cent in 2019, showing significant inroads in malaria-related deaths among children.
Malaria-related deaths of all ages also reduced by 2,799 in 2012 to 333 by end of 2019, representing an 88 per cent reduction.
The Deputy Programme Manager of the NMCP, Mr. James Frimpong, who made this known at an Editors’ forum in Accra yesterday, said although malaria incidence was still high, the integrated approach deployed to control it had resulted in remarkable reduction in deaths.
The forum engaged senior journalists and editors who are the gatekeepers in the media space to play up issues of malaria to bring about behavioural change and also trigger the right intervention, investment and outcomes.
The journalists were also introduced to a “Zero Malaria Starts with Me” campaign launched across Africa in 2018 but which is yet to gather momentum.
Recounting some of the success stories of the NMCP, Mr. Frimpong said the deployment of various integrated measures to control the disease as part of the existing five-year malaria control strategic plan had led to an increase in both the ownership and use of insecticide treated mosquito nets (ITNs).
He said the distribution of ITNs to pregnant women attending antenatal clinic had also increased, leading to more pregnant women and children using more treated mosquito nets.
Mr. Frimpong said a new five-year strategic plan, 2021-2025, had been developed to replace the current one which expires in December this year.
It also intends to work towards reduction in all malaria-related deaths by 90 per cent by 2023 and reduction in malaria incidence by half by 2025. Both goals will use 2019 as the baseline.
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