Anglogold Ashanti has revealed it will sustain its indoor residual spraying in the Obuasi district to save more lives.
The implementation of the spraying in the district has saved more than one million lives against malaria.
Ghana accounts for 2.1% and 1.9% of the global malaria cases and deaths, making it one of the top 10 highest malaria burden countries in the world.
The National Malaria Strategic Plan 2021 to 2025 aims for a 90% reduction in malaria mortality and a 50% reduction in malaria incidence by 2025.
Director of AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited, Samuel Asiedu Agyei, says ending malaria in the district remains a priority.
“Currently, the IRS intervention is deployed in sixteen districts, including Obuasi Municipal and Obuasi East. The others include eleven districts in the Upper West and three districts in the Upper East region.
In partnership with the Ghana Health Service and funding from the Global Fund and Anglogold Ashanti Obuasi Mine, AGAMaL has successfully implemented Indoor Residual Spray operations to prevent malaria and save lives
Through the residual spraying over one million lives have been saved and we will continue to sustain this initiative,” he said
Health workers will undergo training on effective case management of malaria in the Adansi North District.
The District Health Director, Isaac Awuku Odame, noted that, “increased investment and commitment from the government and the public sector is critical to revitalizing progress against malaria”.
He spoke at a World Malaria Day program organized by AngloGold Ashanti at Dompoase.
A mini-clinic was set up by the gold mining company for community members to test for malaria.
Speaking at the 2022 community health outreach program, Nanahemaa Afia Afraifaa Tokudwum, queenmother of Dompoase, appealed to Anglogold to sustain the initiative.
“The mine has done us a great favour for bringing the mini health clinic to Dompoase. We want to extend to other communities,” Nanahemaa Afia Afraifaa Tokudwum, Queenmother of Dompoase, said.
The program was organized by Anglogold Ashanti Mine in collaboration with AGA Malaria Control, AGA Health Foundation, GIZ Developpe Programme, Adansi North District Assembly and Adansi North District Directorates of Health.
GIZ Developpe Programme and AngloGold Ashanti Mine donated insecticide nets, mosquito repellent and medicated soaps to Dompoase Senior High School to commemorate the 2022 World Malaria Day.