Staffs and students of Grace Child Development Centre, a non-profitable organization in Gomoa Mankessim in the Gomoa West District last Saturday embarked on a malaria campaign to create awareness about this deadly but preventable and curable disease as the rainy season has set in.
They began the walk from the school premises through the principal street of the town with their key messages boldly written on placards alongside music from a brass band group.
After the walk, they converged at the school premises where health staffs from the Gomoa Oguaa Health Centre educated the children on causes, effects and prevention of malaria.
WHAT IS MALARIA?
Malaria is a disease caused by the bit of an infected Female Anopheles Mosquito. These mosquitoes live and lay their eggs in stagnant water in empty cans, gutters, uncovered harvested water in barrels, etc.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MALARIA?
- General body weakness
IS MALARIA PREVENTABLE?
- The only way to prevent one’s self from getting malaria is to avoid mosquito bite. Since the only way you can get malaria is from the bite of an infected mosquito. And to do this,
- We can avoid mosquito bite by sleeping under a Long Lasting Insecticide Mosquito Net (LLIN) throughout the night. Which prevents the mosquito from getting inside to bit you and the chemicals in it also killing them
- Destroying the breeding places of mosquitoes such as gutters, bushes, burying of empty cans ,etc.
IS MALARIA CURABLE?
YES!! The most effective cure for malaria is to take the full course of Artesunate Amodiaquine. But should one suspect malaria, the first thing to do is to go to the hospital or clinic for a lab test. If the result proves positive, then the health practitioner will prescribe a medication for you.
DEMONSTRATION OF HOW TO SET UP A MOSQUITO NET
Along with other interventions to prevent one from malaria, there has been the introduction of a malaria vaccine(MOSQUIRIX) into the routine immunization schedule to protect children below five years against malaria.