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Vice-President commends AngloGold malaria control programme

 

Accra, June 12, GNA – Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, on Wednesday commended AngloGold Ashanti for initiating the Malaria Control Programme in Obuasi and some districts across the country.

 

Accra, June 12, GNA – Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur, on Wednesday commended AngloGold Ashanti for initiating the Malaria Control Programme in Obuasi and some districts across the country.

     The Vice-President called for sustainability of the initiative, which he said  could contribute immensely to economic development through improvement and reduction in the cost of health care provision in the country.

    Vice-President Amissah-Arthur made the remarks when he interacted with management of AngloGold Ashanti during a tour of its exhibition stands at this year’s Ghana Mining Summit, in Accra.

    The summit was organized by the Ghana Chamber of Mines and the Ministry of Lands, and Natural Resources.

      Vice-President Amissah-Arthur said the initiative by AngloGold Ashanti was a demonstration of its commitment to complementing government efforts in eradicating the disease.

   He appealed to other organizations to AngloGold for its efforts  at preventing malaria in the country.

      Mr Sylvester Segbaya, Program Director at AngloGold Ashanti, said the Malaria programme started in 2005 in Obuasi and was implemented with support from the Obusia Municipal Assembly, Noguchi Institute of Medical Research and the National Malaria Control.

     Mr Sagbaya said AngloGold was committed to eradicating malaria to help the country meet the Millennium Development Goal 6, which aims to kick out malaria by 2015.

   He said the programme has helped to reduce malaria cases in the Obusai municipality.

       He said AngloGold Ashanti and the Global Fund had rolled out an indoor residual spraying programme in 40 districts across the country as part of an integrated malaria control initiative.

    Mr Sagbaya said more than 1.3 million people in 12 districts in the Upper East and Ashanti regions had benefited from the malaria programme in 2012, adding that more than 570,000 structures were sprayed in the last six months.

    He said the programme had created employment opportunities for residents of the beneficiary districts, adding that in 2012, more than 750 people were trained and employed to run the programme. 

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