By Bernice Bessey
The Christian Council of Ghana (CCG), in collaboration with other religious bodies, has launched a faith-based organisation (FBO) aimed at eradicating malaria in the country.
A member of the Council of State, Rev. Dr. Nii Amo Darko, who was the Guest of Honour at the programme, said malaria was a serious health and developmental problem confronting the nation, should also be seen as an enemy, since it affects people, irrespective of their age, gender, sex, colour, ethnicity or religion.
Rev. Dr. Nii Amo Darko was addressing religious groups on the need to join the fight against malaria, and the importance of keeping the environment clean, recently in Accra.
He said that to be able fight and kick malaria out of the country, there was a need to adopt a multi-faceted approach, such as using faith-based organisations to draws the attention of the public to the dangers of the disease, and the need to keep the environment clean.
He added that a healthy body is needed for the development of the nation, saying, “A healthy body is needed to serve God through evangelism, visitation and other actions that we take to make our faith or the religion grow.”
He therefore, challenged the FBOs to preach messages concerning sanitation, prevention and treatment of malaria to their congregations, and impact positive behaviours into the communities.
The Programme Officer for the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Mr. James Frimpong, added that malaria had affected the country both economically and socially, and was also affecting productivity and academic performance.
He emphasised that over 3 million cases of malaria are reported yearly at the outpatient departments, which makes everyone vulnerable to the disease, noting “Everybody living in Ghana is at risk of getting malaria.”
He urged the public to use the treated mosquito nets and other insecticides to prevent themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes.
25 persons were trained on the prevention and treatment of malaria, and were presented certificates as agents of change to their communities.