The Northern Regional Director of Health Services, Dr. John Bertson Eleeza has appealed to the public to stop using the Long Lasting Insecticide Nets (LLIN) to fence their gardens.
He said it is disheartening to see people wrongly using the mosquito nets to fence their gardens instead using it to protect themselves and their families from malaria by sleeping under them.
Dr Eleeza said such attitudes discourage Ghana’s development partners from further support the country’s fight against malaria, which still remains a major health concern to authorities.
“If we are giving nets to sleep in and we start using them to fence our gardens or cover water melons or yellow yellow (pragyea) and those other things where we’re abusing the use of the nets and the people who donated those things to us come to see the way we’re applying what they have given us, is very disheartening and I don’t think it will encourage anybody to do anything for us further” he told Mumuni Yirifa Yunus in an interview on Friday.
The Ghana Health Service has commenced the distribution of the mosquito nets in communities across the Northern Region.
The mass distribution of the mosquito nets commenced on Monday across the region.
However in many communities, a large number of Insecticides-Treated Nets (ITNs) are usually seen hanging on backyard gardens while some are used to nurse seedlings after the mass distribution program.
These nets which are distributed to households in the communities to protect themselves from mosquitoes, which in tend cause malaria, end up being used for other purposes by many households in the area.
Dr Eleeza who was speaking at the sidelines of a stakeholders engagement workshop in Tamale on Friday, the Regional Health Director urged the public to use the nets for its intended purposes.
He called on the communities to enact by-laws “to prevent people from misapplying the mosquito nets.
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