Zoomlion Ghana Limited in collaboration with the Ministry of
Health has conducted a day’s intensive training programme on effective
larval source management for its operatives executing the malaria
control exercise in the various Municipal and District Assemblies (MDAs)
in the Upper East Region.

The training program which was organized by the Vector
Control Unit of Zoomlion Ghana Limited was supported by the Nugochi
Memorial Institute for Medical Research of the University of Ghana and
National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) of the Ministry of Health. The
team of resource persons took participants through how to implement and
monitor larvae source management, mapping of water bodies and how to
effectively target main mosquito breeding sites to reduce mosquito
population.

A Vector Control Technical Officer of the National Malaria
Control Program (NMCP), Mr. Christian Atta- Obeng who spoke about how to
map the various breeding sites of mosquitoes identified ponds, stream
fringe, water channels, rice fields, end of flood water among others as
breeding sites for mosquitoes hence the need to target and apply the
best approach to kill the mosquito larvae.

He said the operatives will use Bacillus thuringiensis var
israelensis (Bti) which has been recommended for larviciding by the
World Health Organisation (WHO) as the efficient biological agent
against mosquito larvae and also safe for lives unlike the use of
chemicals.

Dr. Kwadwo Kyereme Frempong, a Molecular Entomologist with
the Nugochi Institute for Medical Research explained that more than half
of the world’s population lives in areas with mosquito species that
transmit deadly diseases hence the need to sustain mosquito control
efforts to prevent outbreak of diseases. 

Dr. Frempong noted that key mosquito types such as
Anopheles, Aedes, and Culex are of public health concern which needs to
be managed effectively. “The peak hours for mosquito bites ranges from
6pm to 10pm and most of the biting occurs outdoor. The public should
take note and watch their lifestyle during these hours” he pointed
out.  

The Head of Vector Control Unit of Zoomlion, Rev. Ebenezer
Kwame Addae entreated all participants to efficiently deploy the
scientific knowledge gain on effective Larval source management in their
various localities to improve health conditions of residents in the
Upper East Region.

The participants of the training programme included Malaria
Focal Persons, Health Promotion Officers, District Environmental Health
Officers and staff of Zoomlion Ghana limited among others.



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