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General News Thu, 21 Jun 2007

Mass mosquito spraying exercise for Accra

Accra, June 21, GNA - The Libyan government is to embark on a mass spraying in the Greater Accra Region to help in the malaria control programme.


Libya would also offer free vaccination covering about two million animals in the region to help prevent the out-break of animal diseases. This was disclosed when two representatives from the Libyan Embassy, Dr Abdulai Abubakar and Dr Bashir Gshera paid a courtesy call on the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheikh I.C.Quaye, on Thursday. Dr. Bashir Gshera, General Director of Agricultural Pest Control Centre, said the exercise was part of the Libyan government's efforts to assist some African countries prevent malaria.


He said similar programmes had been carried out in four African countries- Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Senegal. The two exercises were estimated to cost about two million dollars and Ghana had the opportunity to decide which type of vaccine to be use in the programme.

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He said the vaccine and pesticides to be used would be bought in the country at the expense of the Libyan government in addition to the payment of personnel working under the exercise which is expected to target the most mosquito breeding areas in Accra. Dr Abdulai Abubakar, General Director of Animal Breeding and Veterinary Centre in Libya said it was a mere coincidence that the programme had to meet with the upcoming African Union Summit to be held in Ghana.


Mr. Sheikh I. C. Quaye said the Libyan gesture was most welcomed and called on Ghanaians to join in the campaign against filth in the city.


The Minister expressed gratitude saying, "this will go a long way to strengthen the ties between Ghana and Libya".

Source: GNA
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