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Health News Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Royal House Chapel joins fight against malaria

Reverend David Kadeh, Pastor in charge of Compassion Ministry, Royalhouse Chapel, Michel Camp has stated the resolve of the Church to join the campaign against malaria in the Shia Osu Doku District of the Greater Accra region.

He said the initiative had become necessary to ensure that congregants and new souls in the area were in good health to worship God.

Rev. Kadeh said this when the Church organised a health screening exercise at Kordiabe, near Dodowa with focus on malaria, Hepatitis B, diabetes and high blood pressure, to mark the Easter activities and World Malaria Day.

He said results from the screening exercise indicated that malaria was 'tormenting' the people and that the Church was joining the First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo’s ‘zero tolerance for malaria' campaign.

Rev. Kadeh observed that a dam in the middle of the community was serving as breeding ground for mosquito larvae and said the Church would collaborate with Zoomlion to conduct vector control exercises in the community.

He also noted that people in the farming community needed regular sensitisation on malaria, the need to use treated bed nets and management of the environment and called for support from stakeholders.

Rev. Kadeh said due to the high level of poverty in the community, the locals hardly visited hospitals for malaria treatment and called for assistance from corporate institutions to register them under the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Stephen Oyortey, the Director General in charge of One District, One Factory, who hails from the area advised people who have treated bed nets to use them to prevent malaria.

Ghana is said to be among highest malaria endemic countries in sub-Saharan Africa, according to World Health Organisation report for 2018.

The First Lady, Mrs Rebecca Akufo-Addo at a durbar to commemorate this year's World Malaria Day called for judicious use of malaria funds to achieve set targets. The Church later donated assorted items including; hand towels to the Saint Andrews Catholic Hospital in the area.

Reverend Sister Viji Nedumattatahil, in charge of the Hospital commended the Church for its love for the community, especially the sick. She said the Hospital's theatre was 'empty' and appealed for theatre surgical equipment.

Source: Ghananewsagency.org
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