GAEC studies mosquito breeding sites in Kwabenya

The Biotechnology and Nuclear Agriculture Research Institute (BNARI) of the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) is to organize its annual malaria awareness campaign for 2022 with research on mosquito breeding sites at Kwabenya in Accra to help develop anti-malaria measures.

The two-week research exercise, which starts on Thursday, April 28, 2022, will also assess bed net ownership and use among Kwabenya residents.

This was made known by the Director of BNARI, Dr. Michael Osae, during an interaction with GAEC Communication Officers at BNARI in Accra on Monday to announce a detailed program of activities for the Malaria Awareness Campaign of a month of the Institute in commemoration of World Malaria Day.

The rationale behind the campaign held each year, Dr Osae explained, is 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 explained.

According to Dr. Osae, the campaign, corporate social responsibility and research activity of GAEC has been going on for years.

“Last year we were in Atatam in the Adansi Asokwa District of the Ashanti Region, where our research revealed 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 insecticides – organophosphates, organochlorines, pyrethroids and carbamates – recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) for public health use,” he added. .

He noted, however, that this year’s campaign is targeted at people in and around Kwabenya because the community has hosted the Commission for decades and the annual exercise was a reciprocal gesture of appreciation for the support of the people. to the Commission.

Shedding light on some key activities of the campaign, Dr Osae said apart from the research exercise, there would be an awareness campaign to educate some community schools in and around Kwabenya on prevention and treatment. malaria control.

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?