Malaria infects 1m Ghanaians since January; claims more lives than COVID-19 & CSM

Malaria infects 1m Ghanaians since January; claims more lives than COVID-19 & CSM

- Between January and March, over 1m Ghanaians were tested positive for Malaria

- Out of the number, 21,201 were under 5 whilst 28,764 were pregnant women

- In total, 54 lives were lost, which is more than CSM and COVID-19's figures over the same period

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Malaria, one of the six killer diseases in the world, reportedly infected over one million Ghanaians between January and March 2020, whilst claiming 54 lives in total.

According to a Citi FM news report monitored by YEN.com.gh, out of this number, 21,201 were children under five years old whilst 28,764 were pregnant women.

This suggests that Malaria infected and killed more Ghanaians than the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the CSM outbreak if considered over the same period.

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Speaking about the worrying records of malaria cases, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr Patrick Aboagye issued a warning that it is possible to lose sight of the deadly Malaria disease and the gains made over the years because of the current outbreak of COVID-19.

He further emphasised the need to sustain efforts made to prevent, detect and treat malaria in the past, whilst encouraging Ghanaians at large to not relax in the fight against malaria although COVID-19 seems to be taking preeminence.

Presently, Ghana has confirmed 1279 cases of the novel coronavirus with 10 deaths whilst 53 people in total have been deceased due to CSM with more than 400 confirmed cases.

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Meanwhile, the National Lottery Authority(NLA) has finally taken over the running of *959# Short Code purposefully for the operations of Original 5/90 Lotto, the flagship product of the Authority.

The *959# was previously managed by Keed Ghana Limited, one of the collaborators of the Authority responsible for the operations of LUCKY 3.

The National Lottery Authority (NLA) through consensus and continuous engagement with Keed Ghana Limited, MTN, Vodafone and AirtelTigo has finally taken full control of the *959#.

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