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Ghanaian businesses loss $6.58m to malaria

Business & Economy

Recent statistics from the Ghana Malaria Control Programme has shown that businesses in the country lost about $6.58 in 2014 to malaria. 

Recent statistics from the Ghana Malaria Control Programme has shown that businesses in the country lost about $6.58 in 2014 to malaria. 

It is in light of this that the John Hopkins Centre for Communication, together with the Ghana National Malaria Control Programme, has launched the Private Sector Malaria Prevention project and Malaria Safe Initiative to save businesses and communities in Ghana.

The project is aimed at getting businesses in Ghana to make their working environment, as well as their workers, malaria safe and also supporting communities, by creating awareness and championing malaria free campaigns within their institutions and the country as a whole.

The British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin, said that even though the human race had been able to eradicate and treat other deadly disease, which seemed untreatable, malaria remained a headache that needed to be dealt with.

“In the mean, time we should strive for preventive, prophylactic and cure to treatment to keep the trend in malaria suffering and death moving downwards,” he stated.

He added that it was prudent to start finding alternative means of funding malaria prevention in the country and that leveraging the private sector was one of the best ways to do so. He, however, expressed the belief that it would be better if the government took direct ownership, just like other countries that had succeeded in eradicating malaria did.  

“I hope that the government of Ghana who we will continue to work personally on this with will prioritize malaria control in its budgetary allocation for the health sector,” he stated.

Mr Benjamin said the companies investing in the four pillars of protection, education, visibility and championing of the Malaria Safe Initiative “will help create the path towards improvement in the general economy and business environment through the reducing number of people affected by malaria”.

The Country Director of John Hopkins Centre for Communication Programmes, Emmanuel Fiagbey, pointed out that businesses in the Ghana lost GHc 25 million and nearly 4,000 working days due to malaria between 2012 and 2014.

He also stated that the Malaria Safe Initiative would support the private sector to accelerate workplace investments in malaria prevention by facilitating cost effective Insecticide Treated Nets distribution plans while providing workplace malaria education.

“2010-2015 statistics show that communities that uses insecticide treated nets reduced by 50 percent and mortality reduced by 55 percent in children under 5 years,” he added.

The Chairman for the occasion and Malaria Ambassador, Kofi Amoabeng, said the launch of the initiative was timely, adding that it was in the interest of the private sector to ensure the disease was completely eradicated.




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