The Anglogold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMal) has completed the 2019 round of Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) exercise in all eleven districts and municipalities in the Upper West Region, three districts in the Upper East and two districts Ashanti regions.
A statement signed by Mr Samuel Asiedu, the Programmes Director for AGAMal and copied to Mak News in Wa on June 13, 2019 said the exercise protected 1, 107, 998 people out of a target of 1, 229, 128 in all the 16 districts and municipalities they operated.
The 2019 round of the IRS programme spanned from March 15, 2019 to May 31 2019 and was aimed to protect their target population from malaria infestation through mosquito bite.
It was funded by the Global Fund, with support from the Anglogold Ashanti Obuasi Mine and implemented in partnership with the Ghana Health Service, National Malaria Control Programme and other stakeholders at the district level.
“In order to have effective community protection, we needed to cover at least 85% of the available rooms and population. This we have successfully done and gone beyond World Health Organisation’s expectations”, the statement said.
It added that the insecticide used for this season’s spraying (SumisShield 50WG) was odourless and did not leave stain on the sprayed walls but that its efficacy could last for nine months.
“It is effective and has similar characteristics as other insecticides which have been used for operations in the last four (4) years.
The main difference here is its colourless and odourless characteristics. We herby assure all sprayed households of protection throughout the rest of the year”, it indicated.
The statement said fighting malaria was a collective responsibility and urged the general public to continue to use other forms of protection such as the sleeping under Insecticide Treated Bednets.
“Preparations are far advanced for the coverage of all prisons cells across the country with IRS. This is after successfully carrying out IRS in all prisons and staff quarters nationwide last year. We are hopeful that this year would be better”, the statement said.