AngloGold Ashanti Malaria Control Limited (AGAMAL), a subsidiary of the AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Ltd, begun spraying all prisons and prison quarters nationwide to help reduce the burden of malaria.
The 10-day exercise is part of AGAMAL’s support to the National Malaria Control Programme. Other partners include Ghana Malaria Control Programme, Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service and AngloGold Ashanti.
The project is being funded by Unitaid, a global health initiative working to end tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, malaria and Hepatitis C through one of its global programmes known as NgenIRS.
Eastern Regional Commander of Prisons Mr. Isaac Egyir said the overwhelming number of inmates and limited space in prisons had resulted in overcrowding, which makes the facility’s inmates susceptible to malaria and other ailments.
Mr. Egyir expressed grattitude to AGAMAL, noting that the intervention was timely give that mosquitoes and bedbugs breeded easily in the cells and that it was difficult to adequately fight mosquito and pest infestation.
Additionally, he said the cost of treatment of the huge number of malaria cases recorded at the prisons clinic was huge and put more burden on its already scarce financial resources.
Medical Superintendent of the Prison’s Clinic, Dr. Lawrence Acheampong, said prison authorities were partnering with the Prison’s Clinic to prioritise malaria control in its welfare programme.
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