Some health workers of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Environmental health and Zoomlion Ghana Limited NAMCOP unit staff in the Volta and Oti regions have benefitted from the ongoing national Larval Source Management (LSM) training aimed at complementing the government’s efforts to reduce the spread of malaria in the country.
The one-day training programme held on Monday, 17th May 2021 in the Volta regional capital, Ho, brought together about one hundred and ten (110) participants from the two regions.
It was organised by Zoomlion Ghana Limited and its partners of the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of the Ghana Health Service with experts drawn from the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR) and Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL).
The Regional Environmental Health Officer, Volta Region, Mrs Stella Kumedzro, speaking to journalists after the programme, said the LSM training will enhance the capacity of the participants in the fight against malaria.
She said this was crucial in the light of the rising malaria cases that continues to overwhelm the Out-Patients Department (OPD) of the hospitals and clinics.
“Compared to the previous training, this one is unique and more practical and useful,” she added.
“There is no reason for panic. We just want to ensure that malaria cases are reduced in our communities, districts, municipalities, regions and Ghana as a whole, hence the reason for this training,” she said.
Against this background, Mrs Kumedzro called on Ghanaians to support the exercise which will be done in the various communities “so that we can fight malaria.”
“We are pleading with community members to facilitate the cordial relationship,” she urged.
The Deputy Regional Director of Health Services in charge of Public Health (DDPH), Volta Region, Dr Kwesi Djokoto, recounted that this intervention was initiated two years ago.
According to him, LSM as a malaria control measure looks at the environment and deals with the vector, which is the mosquito, which transmits the disease.
He said to effectively fight the disease, six (6) districts where malaria cases are high in the Volta Region namely: Keta, Anloga, Central Tongu, Hohoe West, South Tongu and another have been selected.
“After mapping, we will spray to fight against the development of the larvae to eliminate mosquitoes,” he said.
Malaria, he contended, remained one of the diseases that continued to have socio-economic implications on the country.
This has seen the government spend so much in managing the disease, he noted.
Dr Djokoto said the LSM training was very necessary as it will complement other malaria control interventions.
For his part, the Municipal Environmental Health Officer, Ho, Volta Region, Dr Aaron Kofi Amedzo, said the training will offer participants the requisite LSM skills and techniques.
“This training comes as a refresher and also as an orientation to facilitate our job,” he said.
In this regard, he appealed to the organisers to include local dialects in the training to help those who were not too good at the English language.
This, Dr Amedzo indicated, will enable them to explain more thoroughly the essence of the LSM in fighting malaria in the communities.
The General Manager of Zoomlion, Volta Region, Mr Solomon Denyo, expressed satisfaction with the programme, and thus recommended that the training be organised regularly to equip health workers with more knowledge in fighting mosquitoes.
“We need to update our knowledge on their [mosquitoes] movement and how they act and react to their environment,” he averred.
He used the opportunity to call on Ghanaians to ensure that their environs are clean, stating “this is one essential ingredient to prevent malaria.