The Wa Municipal Health Administration (WMHA) under the Ghana Health Service has begun the implementation of the first cycle of Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) in the Wa Municipality.

The SMC intervention is collaboration between the WMHA and the National Malaria Elimination Program to help eliminate malaria among children aged between 3 to 59 months.

A statement issued by the Wa Municipal Health Director, Dr Alex Bapula and copied to Info Radio stated that the intervention will run from June 26 to June 30, 2023.

Under the intervention, children in the Wa municipality shall be provided with full treatment courses with antimalarial medicines.

Trained community health volunteers (CHVs) and health staff are expected to adopt a house-to-house approach to administer the medicines to eligible children. The statement indicted that there would be two different doses for children aged 3 to 11 months and those aged 12 to 59 months.

The Ghana Health Service (GHS) therefore encouraged mothers, parents, caregivers, and guardians to avail their qualified children to health professionals to enable them receive the doses of medicines in order to prevent the target children from contracting malaria.

as a way of reducing malaria cases and deaths.

Source: Info Radio

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