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Health News of Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Source: Muniru Ibrahim

DCE wants all homes in Nadowli-Kaleo to benefit from Anglogold Malaria Control spraying exercise

The District Chief Executive for the Nadowli-Kaleo Katherine T. Lankono has appealed to Anglogold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMAL) to extend its house to house spraying exercise to every household in the district.

This she said will help prevent the increasing rate of malaria in the district.

The DCE made the appeal when a delegation from Accra called on her on Monday to express their delight to the assembly for the massive cooperation since 2012 when the company started operations in the district.

She said the assembly will continue to provide any support that will make the company comfortable to go by their activities in the district.

Somewhere in 2005, the AngloGold Ashanti Obuasi Mine introduced an Anti-Malaria Exercise which was the indoor spraying of insecticide which go a long way to fight the female anopheles mosquito which is the main carrier of the Malaria Parasite.

The company only had the notion of protecting its workers in the mines and their families, which in a way boosted productivity in the mines, thus low cases of Malaria which was the main illness fighting the workers of the mine.

The name of the programme was then changed to ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI MALARIA CONTROL LIMITED, making it independent from the Obuasi Mine.

Not only did those around the Obuasi Mine enjoy the benefits of the INDOOR RESIDUAL SPRAYING, but AGAMAL and Global Funds tentacles were extended to the Upper West Region, Upper East Region and parts of the Northern Region respectively and later the Central and Western Regions had its fair share of the Programme.

Appreciating the corporation by the Nadowli-Kaleo Assembly, the Head of Operations of AGAMAL Mr. Malik Kofi Assan applauded the DCE and the chiefs of the area for allowing their staff to spray every household in the district, according to him residence are very cooperative and called for more cooperation for the company to do more for them.
The spraying exercise is an annual programme.