The Bole District Health Directorate of the Ghana Health Service has held a stakeholders engagement meeting on seasonal malaria chemo prevention for the year 2023.
This is the third year since the inception of the program in Ghana hence the third time it will be held in Bole District .
Addressing participants at Bole District Health Directorate, the Bole District Director of Health Services, Queen Hajia Fuseina Sulemana pleaded with all stakeholders to support the directorate with ideas as how to successfully implement the project.
The Health Director and queen mother for the Ndape community said the project is donor funded and hence hand should be well executed for the donors to do more in supporting the project for malaria free society for children.
She said the program covers only children from 3months to 59months and called on stakeholders to engage their followers to take the immunization.
In a short presentation by Mr Collins Asamoah ,a District Public Health Nurse explained that children from the ages from 3month to 59month are expected to be to be covered by the exercise for free.
He explained that if a child has been administered with Amodiaquine or Ceptrine Malaria drugs not more than a week he or she can’t take the drugs meaning if a child has Maleria he or she has to be treated before he/she is qualify to take the drugs.
He said the exercise is for five days starting from Monday 10th July to 14 July 2023.
He explained that the immunization will take three days with the child where the volunteers will administer the initial drug on the first day and the rest will be subsequently administered by the parent or care taker at the same time for the rest of the two days.
He said they achieved 105.2 percent in 2022 and the percentage is as a result of an increase in an expected 23,016 to 23,223 children.
According to him this is the initial cycle but however said the second cycle will be announced when the directorate is ready to do the exercise again.
The assistant District Health Promotion Officer, Joseph Baaluo Kwasi, acknowledged the role of stakeholders in the full implementation of the program.
He pleaded with them to do away with the conspiracy theories people have against the exercise.