Ghana’s First Lady, GBC, Others Awarded For Strong Commitment In Malaria Fight

Ghana’s first Lady, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo, the state Broadcaster, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, (GBC) and 20 other distinguished personalities and institutions in Ghana and Nigeria have been awarded for demonstrating a strong commitment in the fight against Malaria.

The West Africa Malaria Safe Awards was to give recognition to these personalities and institutions in the private sector for reducing malaria prevelance.

Statistics show that malaria prevalence for children under five has reduced from 27 percent in 2011 to 21 percent in 2016 while, malaria deaths reduced from almost three thousand in 2012 to 600.

This represents a 99 percent reduction, an achievement which is largely due to the support of the private sector.

Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo who was excited about the award asked the private sector to continually support the malaria fight is malaria is bad for business.

Africa is said to lose 12 billion dollars to malaria each year with Ghana losing almost six point six million dollars to the disease.

Ninety percent (90%) of the amount is directly spent on malaria by companies with 30 working days lost to the corporate sector.

This demands that businesses especially those in the private sector invest in the fight against malaria particularly at a time when domestic and international funding for the disease is decreasing.

According to the First lady Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-Addo the evidence is clear that Malaria impedes the economic development of a country, adding that it is about time the disease is nipped in the bud.

The Director General of the Ghana Health service Dr. Nsiah Asare said the SDG 2030 agenda has a tall list of targets and government cannot achieve it without the support of the private especially when the country intends to meet the targets ahead of time.

The Programme Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme Dr. Keziah Malm expressed worry that the fight against malaria maybe lost and even cost more to deal with if investment is not continuous.

The Zero Malaria now Corporate Awards also honored the former The Prgramme Manager of the National Malaria Control Programme Dr. Constance Barte Plange in whose tenure Ghana achieved 99 percent reduction in Malaria deaths.

Eleven Ghanaian Companies and five Nigerian companies also received awards.

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