Bolgatanga, Jan 15, GNA – The Upper East Regional Directorate of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) on Friday received 500 treated mosquito bed nets to be distributed to pregnant women and children under 5 years.
The mosquito nets were donated by UNICEF whilst the Department for International Development (DFID) bore the cost of shipment of the items.
Receiving the items from Crown Agent, a Procurement Company, at Bolgatanga, the Regional Director of the GHS, Dr John Koku Awoonor-Williams said the region is expected to receive one million long lasted mosquito nets from the two organizations.
He said so far half of it had been received and would be distributed to all households across the nine districts in the Region.
He explained that the major aim of the exercise is to help curb maternal and infant mortality, which was mostly associated with malaria and indicated that, apart from the donation of the items, UNICEF and DFID is supporting the training of volunteers in communities to educate the people on how to hang the nets.
Dr Awoonor-Williams warned against the pilfering of the nets and called on the District Assemblies, security agents and the media to help monitor the distribution of the items.
The Regional Director commended the two organizations for the items and assured that the nets would be put into good use, stressing that, the Directorate would play an effective role to reduce maternal and infant mortality.