Malaria kills 35 children in Eastern region

Malaria kills 35 children in Eastern region

The Ghana Health Service has revealed that malaria killed 35 children in the Eastern region in 2015.

Malaria kills 35 children in Eastern region

Malaria disease affects all ages but Children under 5 years and pregnant women are the most vulnerable groups.

According to the statistics presented by the health service, the number of deaths reduced compared to the previous two years.

“Sixty three children under the age of 5 years died from the disease in 2013, the number, however, decreased to 41 in 2014, and 35 in 2015,”Dr Albert Antobre-Boateng, Eastern regional deputy director of Ghana Health Service disclosed.

He added that during the year under review (2015), Eastern region recorded 3,964,941 cases of malaria, a slight decrease from 4,248,681 cases in 2013 a decrease of 7.16%.

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The GHS also assured that "it is striving to save lives" of people in the region from the life- threatening disease.

Dr Antobre-Boateng noted that several interventions including continuous distribution of LLINS Mosquito nets, proper diagnoses with RDT or microscopy, advocacy, surveillance, monitoring and evaluation are being put in place to reduce the menace.

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