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.
BY CARLTON COFIE- GHANA
Ghana's second largest city of more than 1.5 million Gpeople will in the coming months benefit from the laboratory services of a state of the art health centre that will treat alaria and other tropical diseases under the HopeXchange Ghana Health Project.
Work is being expedited on a malaria laboratory and a Ward for severe malaria cases to meet an early 2012 inauguration of the facility which is expected to see an improvement in malaria diagnosis and treatment in Kumasi, known as the Garden City.
The project, to be run by HopeXchange Medical Center in Kumasi, is an international
humanitarian health programme with partners in Italy, Belgium and the United States.
The Medical Center is a newly built state of the art 80-bed medical facility in the city. It is anticipated that in its first full year of operation the Centre will perform more than 1,500 surgeries and provide more than 12,000 outpatient services.
During a meeting in Rome on February 21, 2011, President and CEO of HopeXchange, Mario Cap p e l l o, p re s e n t e d t h e HopeXchange Medical Centre Malaria Project to a group of Italian scientists experienced in Tropical Medicine, especially malaria, to establish a highly- qualified department dedicated to malaria wi th internat ional collaboration. It intends to carry out basic and applied research, medical care of the local population, clinical trials, and epidemiological research.
Amo n g i t s i n t e r n a t i o n a l consultants are Prof. Umberto D'Alessandro from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, P r o f . S p i n e l l o An t i n o r i , Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Mi lan and Prof. Francesco Castelli, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, University of Brescia, both in Italy.
On the local scene, Professor Tsiri Agbenyega, a Ghanaian at the Department of Physiology and a Principal Medical Officer in the Department of Child Health, has joined the HopeXchange medical and scientific team.
These experts will be co-ordinating the HopeXchange Malaria Project as the Center operates as a charitable institution in the network of the Christian Health Association of Ghana (CHAG) , wi t h accreditation by Ghana's Ministry of Health.
As an ac credi ted CHAG institution, a significant portion of the Center's operational and staffing costs will be reimbursed by the Ministry of Health.
In close collaboration with the two Teaching Hospitals in Ghana (Korle Bu and Komfo Anokye) and the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research the project hopes to create in-country training programs, tailored to the specific educational needs of healthcare providers in Ghana.
Training courses will be designed and certified by the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Courses will be conducted at the HopeXchange Institute for Medical Education and Clinical Training. This Institute, located within the HopeXchange Medical Center , will utilize technologically advanced educational resources, including state-of-the-art educational rooms with direct audio/video broadcast capabilities from the operating theatres, video-conferencing, telemedicine technology, and an electronic library with access to major medical journals and textbooks.
HopeXchange plans to undertake certain postgraduate courses which are currently not available in the country.
Coming at a time when malaria is high on the national agenda, HopeXchange has been accorded a warm response by the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu, the king of the Ashanti kingdom, and the local community which is vital for the success of any such
According to HopeXchange the p e o p l e h a v e b e e n “extraordinarily supportive.”
Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor as well the incumbent John Atta Mills have extended their full support to the project.
President Mills said “Heathcare is one of our top priorities in this country and I am particularly delighted that this facility is going to offer, among other things, specialised facilities for people who need medical care. And I am sure this facility is also
going to open many doors for expansion in our heal th facilities.”
With on-going RTS,S vaccine trials in Agogo and the newly- establ ished HopeXchange Medical Center in Kumasi the Ashanti Region is getting better positioned in the fight to control malaria.