Business News of Monday, 28 April 2014
Delta Airlines, an international airline carrier with operations in Ghana, has formed partnership with Ghana Red Cross Society to help fight malaria in the country.
The anti-malaria campaign, which is scheduled to be a year-long project, was launched recently and has already taken off in the Greater Accra Region.
Over 80 volunteers have been recruited for the project. The volunteers are to undertake a number of house-to-house visits to educate households and the general public on the importance and use of treated mosquito nets.
Malaria, undoubtedly, is one of the most common diseases and the cause of a number of deaths in several African countries, including Ghana.
Madam Beatrice Adama Idrisu, a nurse with the Usher Polyclinic in Accra, who conducted the first part of a one-day volunteer training session, expressed concern over the high rate of deaths brought on by the disease, especially among women and children.
"I am glad to see all the volunteers because it gives hope that this campaign will go a long way to help control and reduce the high occurrence of the disease in the country," she said.
The Event Co-ordinator of the Ghana Red Cross Society, Mr Thomas Aapore, who conducted the second part of the training session, was delighted with the partnership struck with Delta Airlines, and urged other companies to follow Delta's example.
Another training session is scheduled to take place in Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region. Meanwhile, it is expected that throughout the year-long campaign, an estimated 4000 long-lasting insecticide mosquito nets will be distributed across the country to benefit about 8000 people.
The Delta Airline's Commercial Manager for East and West Africa, Mr Bobby Bryan, wished the volunteers well in their activities.