Management of Zoomlion Ghana Limited (ZGL), waste management giant, in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service (GHS) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), have jointly trained over 130 health and environmental health professionals to embark on a mass mosquito larvae spraying exercise to substantially reduce mosquito breeding in the region.
Ghana has decided to use the approach of larvaeciding to destroy the larvae of all kinds of mosquitos to prevent them from growing and multiplying.
A Senior Entomologist at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, Dr Samuel Dadzie, underscored the importance of larvaeciding in Ghana’s fight against mosquito breeding to help eliminate malaria.
He said, the programme selected key players in the sector such as Zoomlion district/municipal managers, district/municipal environmental health officers, district/municipal malaria focal persons, NAMCOP Spraying Gang Leaders and Community Sprayers for the training on scientific methods to control the breeding of mosquitos across the nation.
Dr Dadzie was optimistic that the calibre of persons on the programme will impact positively on the control of mosquito breeding at the community level.
Social and Behaviour Change Communications Specialist of the National Malaria Control Programme of the Ghana Health Service, Mr Kwame Dzudzorli Gaskpey, urged the participants to consider the key players in the community such as traditional, religious and opinion leaders among others to channel their messages through for the consumption of the populace.
He said consideration must also be taken of people’s demography for them to be able to deliver the message more effectively.
Director of Scientific Operations of the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA), Dr Silas Majambere, is the lead consultant of the programme.
He hinted that the world was now aware that larvaeciding was one of the most effective malaria control interventions to reduce mosquito breeding, especially in Africa.
He took participants through the process of mapping among others.
In an interview with some of the participants, they believed because of the rigorous nature of the training the trickling effect will be positive in Ghana’s efforts to reduce the spread of mosquitoes.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU