The Tema Health Directorate has joined the nationwide distribution of Long Lasting Insecticide Net (LLIN) to help prevent malaria.
Speaking to Ghana News Agency in Tema, Ms Elizabeth Appiah Bonnah, Malaria Focal Point at Tema Metro Health Directorate, said the nationwide exercise was organized by the Malaria Control Programme.
The exercise begins December 8-15 with a target of 74 distribution points in Tema.
Ms Bonnah said the target for the period is about 80 percent for Tema and 90 percent nationally.
She said the LLIN would serve two purposes, namely to kill or repel the mosquitoes when they land on the treated net and also to protect the person sleeping underneath from mosquito bites.
She said 98 percent of households are registered for the exercise; “We are now in the distribution phase and aim to cover 80 percent of the population in Tema.”
Ms Bonnah appealed to the public not to use the LLIN for non-regulated purposes such as fencing their gardens and covering litter, but should be used to prevent mosquito bites.
Ms Portia Efua Ntsiful, Health Promotion Officer Tema, said sleeping under the net is not easy but encouraged the public not to ignore it to protect them from mosquito bites and malaria.
“Let’s all help stop malaria by sleeping under the treated bed nets,” she said.
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