Data from the National Malaria Elimination Programme show that Ghana has recorded more than three million confirmed malaria infections from January to September last year, out of the seven million tests conducted. The figure shows a decrease in malaria infection as compared to the four million malaria cases recorded in the same period in 2021.
The country has also seen a reduction in malaria deaths from 196 in 2021 to 120 in 2022. Programmes Manager, National Malaria Elimination Programme, Dr. Keziah Malm, told the GNA that more people are testing for malaria before treatment with testing rate at 97.6 percent presently.
She said the decline in malaria infections could be attributed to the use of effective malaria prevention interventions such as the use of Insecticide Treated Nets, Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention, malaria vaccine pilot among others.
Dr. Malm said the fight against malaria which started from the control phase had moved to the elimination stage.
She stated that the Global Fund had provided 47-million-dollars to fund activities of the Programme this year in addition to funding from the government and other organizations.
Dr. Malm assured that the change of name would be backed by concrete actions and activities to help push the vision of eliminating malaria in the country.