Our goal is to reduce Malaria related mortality: By 2025, the Ghana Health Service’s director, Dr. Patrick Kumah Aboagye, has said that his organisation aims to reduce the number of fatalities caused by malaria by 90%.
Dr. Kumah Aboagye disclosed this in Sunyani during the launch of the Malaria Vaccine Expansion Implementation Programme.
From the existing 42 districts, the program’s implementation is anticipated to grow and expand to 93 districts.
According to Dr. Aboagye, the number of malaria cases reported in 2021 was so frightening that the Ghana Health Service is taking all necessary measures to lower the number of cases and the number of fatalities caused by malaria.
“There were about 5.7 million confirmed cases of malaria in 2021 and 275 deaths. Children under the age of 5 who account for less than 20 percent of the population, accounted for 1.6 million of these cases, thus 28.1 percent and nearly half of the deaths that occurred in 2021.”
“The current trend of the malaria disease burden emphasizes the need to explore proven cost-effective tools to complement the existing interventions. Ghana Health Service is working toward the target of 90 malaria mortality and deaths and a 50 percent reduction in malaria cases,” Dr. Aboagye added.