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    Mosquitoes around the home can be reduced significantly by minimizing the amount of standing water available for mosquito breeding. Residents are urged to reduce standing water around the home in a variety of ways.


    The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.This can be accomplished using personal protecting  while outdoors when mosquitoes are present. Treated bed nets should be used sleeping. Mosquito repellent should be used when outdoor.


    Nearly half of the world’s population is at risk of getting malaria. Pregnant women are particularly at risk of malaria. Children under 5 years are at high risk of malaria.


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Anti-malaria advocate advise malaria patients to adhere to prescription

An anti-malaria campaigner has advised patients treating malaria not to stop taking their drugs, even when they begin to feel better at the start of treatment.
Mrs. Ellen Sam, Principal Pharmacist and Malaria Focal Person at the Police Hospital in Accra, said the full dosage and the three days needed for patients to complete their drugs should strictly be adhered to.
According to her, this is necessary to avoid complications and for patients to recover fully, from the malaria attack.
Mrs. Sam gave this advice at a community outreach programme in Glefe in the Greater Accra region, to mark the 2017 World Malaria Day.
The event was organized by the African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), with support from the MTN Foundation and Allied Oil.
The occasion was used to distribute treated bed nets to pregnant women and lactating mothers and the event was attended by the community members, traditional authorities, journalists, and officials from the MTN Foundation.  
It was under the theme: “end malaria for good,”with a sub-theme: “the malaria elimination agenda: empowering communities to get involved.”
Mrs. Sam in her presentation, urged the Glefe community to put the bed nets to correct use and avoid using them for wrong purposes.
Mrs. Ellen Sam, Principal Pharmacist and Malaria Focal Person at the Police Hospital
She said there were enough anti-malaria tools to rein in the disease but this would only work when all stakeholders get involved in the fight.
Madam Rhodalyn Entuah-Mensah, Impact and Sustainability Manager of the MTN Foundation, explained the role of the foundation in assisting communities to solve various problems.
She said the foundation was focused on empowering communities to overcome health and other related socio-economic challenges. 
In an address, the Glefe queen mother, Naa Teteiko, said malaria could kill faster than HIV and there was the need to deal drastically with it, especially among young children.
She urged community members to help destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes by checking the environment.
During an open forum, there were tit-bits on how to wash and also replace the bed nets after some years. Later, the pregnant women and lactating mothers at the event were given the bed nets. 
Credit: AMMREN