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Malaria Cases At OPD Still High In The North- Minister

Government says it is impressed with the continuous decline of malaria cases in the northern region.

It said the region as at the end of first quarter of this year, recorded 16.40% malaria cases of all OPD attendance and for children under five malaria stood at 0.11 percent, representing a decline of 0.42 in the first quarter last year.

The Northern Regional Minister Mr. Salifu Saeed who was speaking at the launch of an intervention campaign against malaria by the Ghana Health Service, dubbed ‘Seasonal Chemoprevention’ (SMC) in Tolon, noted that in spite of the decline, the region still records high numbers in malaria cases in the country.

He therefore reiterated government’s continuous commitment to invest more resources to support the fight against malaria.

He appealed to chiefs, opinion leaders and assembly members to get involved in the sensitization process for the successful implementation of SMC.

He commended partners and community health volunteers for their efforts to ensure healthy societyin the region. Mr. Saeed encouraged people in the region to pay attention to preventive health rather than resorting to herbal medicine for illnesses such as malaria.

The Paramount Chief of Tolon Traditional Area, Alhaji Major (Rtd) Sulemana Abukari on behalf of chiefs in the area assured stakeholders of their support to ensure the successful implementation of SMC.

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