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The Awutu Senya East Municipal Health Directorate (ASEMHD), a chapter of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), has begun a mass distribution of treated insecticide bed nets for residents of Awutu Senya East Municipality.

The distribution is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 and end on Tuesday, 17th July, 2018.

Mrs. Ernestina Aidoo, a health official from the Ghana Health Service (GHS), disclosed on Pink FM that, the registration exercise begun few weeks ago with a number of 218,667 people been registered so far at Kasoa and its environs and as much as 122,688 bed nets allocated by the National Malaria Programme to be shared.

Mrs. Aidoo went ahead to say that the nets will be apportioned according to the number of people in a household and not individually.

According to her, a card was given to the registrants on the day of registration which has to be presented at the distribution center before they receive the nets. Our computers will detect the card and depict the number or nets to be given to that household.

She insisted that, announcement begun two weeks ago and vans are still going round to make announcement for everybody to hear.

We also have trained Distribution Point Assistants at vantage points, who have tags with their names on it, to assist in the distribution, which starts from 6 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening each day.

She furthered by saying the nets will be shared in two different categories that is Mobile and Static.

The Mobile process is a distribution van which will be going round from 11th to 17 July to distribute the net while the Static is a temporal place in an area that registrants has to go with their cards to receive their nets.

Mrs. Ernestina Aidoo prompted that, you will not be given the net if you go to the distribution center without the card, because the card has a code on it that retrieves the number of nets to be given to a particular household.

She cautioned that, any household that receives the net should hang it in a shade or under a shaded tree for two days before use.

Moreover Mrs. Aidoo advised the general public that, Children and pregnant women are more vulnerable to Malaria, therefore, everybody should sleep under a treated mosquito net, because it has a lot of complications on pregnant women.

Severe Malaria can cause miscarriage, pre-mature delivery (giving birth before your time), giving birth to a deformed child, anaemia, Inter Uteran Growth Retardation (low birth weight), that is giving birth to babies who weigh less than 2.5kg at birth, hypoglycemia (too low level of blood glucose).

She finalized by emphasizing that, children are also highly overtaken by “Malaria” therefore everybody should sleep under a Treated Insecticide Mosquito Net each night to help drive Malaria out of Awutu Senya East, Kasoa and Ghana at large.

Story by: Amoakoah Bernice/