The management of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, waste management giants in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Services and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, have jointly trained over 130 health and environmental health professionals to embark on a mass mosquito larvae spraying exercise to substantially reduce mosquito breeding in the region.
Ghana, has decided to use the approach of larvaeciding to destroy the larvae of all kinds of mosquitoes, in order not for them to grow and multiply.
A Senior Entomologist at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research, Dr Samuel Dadzie, underscored the importance of larvaeciding in Ghana’s fight against mosquito breeding to help eliminate malaria.
He said, the programme selected key players in the sector such as Zoomlion District/Municipal Managers, District/ Municipal Environmental Health Officers, District/Municipal Malaria Focal Persons, NAMCOP Spraying Gang Leaders and Community Sprayers for the training on scientific methods to control the breeding of mosquitoes across the nation.
Dr Dadzie, was optimistic that the caliber of persons on the program will impact positively on the control of mosquito breeding at the community level.
Mr Kwame Dzudzorli Gaskpey, Social and Behaviour Change Communications Specialist of the National Malaria Control Program of the Ghana Health Service urged the participants to consider the key players in the community such as traditional, religious, and opinions leaders among others to channel their messages through for the consumption of the populace.
He said consideration must also be taken of the people’s demography for them to be able to deliver the message more effectively.
Dr Silas Majambere, Director of Scientific Operations of the Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) is lead consultant of the programme.
He hinted that the world was now aware that larvaeciding is one of the most effective malaria control interventions to reduce mosquito breeding especially in Africa.
He took participants through the process of mapping among others.
In an interview with some of the participants, they believe because of the rigorous nature of the training the trickling effect will be positive in Ghana’s efforts to reduce the spread of mosquitoes.