The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) is today commencing research on mosquito breeding sites at Kwabenya in Ga East Municipality.
The two-week exercise which aims to help develop anti-malaria measures in the country would also assess ownership and use of bed nets among Kwabenya residents.
BNARI Director Dr. Michael Osae made this known yesterday when he interacted with reporters to announce the activities of the institute’s month-long Malaria Awareness Campaign in commemoration of World Malaria Day. malaria.
According to DrOsae, the campaign aimed to empower communities to prevent and control malaria and help solve the malaria problem through research-driven solutions.
“Research has shown that urban areas are very effective breeding grounds for mosquitoes, increasing the likelihood of disease transmission. Indeed, disease-carrying mosquitoes in dense human populations pose a serious threat to public health,” he said.
Dr Osaesa said this year’s campaign was aimed at people in and around Kwabenya because the community had hosted the Commission for decades, and the annual exercise was a reciprocal gesture of appreciation for the people’s support for the Commission.
According to the campaign, GAEC’s corporate social responsibility and research activity has been carried out for years, with impactful discoveries being made each year.
Last year, he said, the research was carried out in Atatam in the AdansiAsokwa district of the Ashanti region, where it was discovered that there were two main types of mosquitoes that cause malaria in the Atatam community – Anopheles gambiae and Anopheles funestus.
“Both species had high resistance to all classes of organophosphate, organochlorine, pyrethroid and carbamate insecticides – recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for public health use,” he said.
Shedding light on some key activities of the campaign, DrOsae said apart from the research exercise, there would be a sensitization campaign to educate some community schools in and around Kwabenya on the prevention and control of malaria.
He also indicated that there would be a free health screening exercise for students and teachers in and around Kwabenya.
“Students and teachers will be screened for malaria and other health conditions, in addition to receiving a free consultation and medication at the event,” he said.
The campaign is scheduled to end on May 31, 2022, with a public lecture on “What do you need to know about malaria?