The Upper West Regional malaria prevalence status has seen a significant reduction since 2011.The prevalence status which stood at about 51.2% in 2011 has reduced to 22% in 2016.The Upper West Regional Malaria Focal Person of Ghana Health Service, Titus Nii Tei Tagoe reveals this at this year’s AGAMal’s Pre-Season Stakeholders Review meeting held in the Upper West Region of Ghana. He noted that this achievement is as a result of the positive impact of AGAMal’s Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) and other complementary Malaria prevention interventions in the region. The meeting which was held on the 14th of April, 2018 at the Nuoyong Empire Hotel, succeeded in providing a platform for an interaction among AGAMal and its valued stakeholders in the Region. In attendance were officials from the Regional House of Chiefs, Regional Coordinating Council, Christian Council, the Islamic Community, Regional Health Directorate, Regional Education Directorate, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drugs Authority, Coalition of NGOs, Ghana Immigration Service, Ghana Police Service, Ghana National Fire Service, NCCE, Environmental Health Office, Social Welfare, the media among others.
Speaking on behalf of the Programs Director, Mr. Samuel Asiedu at the meeting, the Head of Operations of AGAMal Mr. Malik Kofi Assan expressed how pleased he was with the collaborations with the various institutions over the years and also urged the media to give attention to their news content that is put out for the general public. He talked about the introduction of SumiShield WG50 as the new insecticide to be employed in three (3) districts across the region in this year’s Indoor Residual Spray Operations.
The Chairman of the occasion, Naa Robert Lorgah in his remarks noted that the malaria causing mosquito however small in size is able to cause so much loss to humanity and urged all to rally behind the fight against this small but deadly insect. In plenary, several other stakeholders present commended the activities of AGAMal and pledged their support through efficient engagements and collaborations going forward.
AGAMal has been working in the Upper West Region since January, 2012 and has created jobs for close to one thousand (1000) natives of various operational districts with the core objective to eliminate malaria completely from the Region.