By Maxwell Koligu Tidow | Founder, Rescue and Restore Hope Zambulkura Ghana
REPORT ON TREAT 6000 CHILDREN WITH MALARIA IN ZAMBULKURA AREA (53920) - JUNE 2023
Malaria continues to be number one of the top ten diseases causing all hospital attendance in the East Mamprusi District. Unfortunately, the absence of a primary healthcare facility in Zambulkura area to provide basic primary healthcare services is leading to sufferings and deaths of children, pregnant women, and the aged. Donations received from donors through GG enable our Organization, Rescue and Restore Hope Zambulkura Ghana, to buy rapid malaria test kits, anti-malaria medicines, cough syrup, de-wormers, Paracetamol,multivitamins among others to carry out Malaria screenings and treatment in the area. After receiving the donations from GG, a team of 3 medical professionals travelled 17 hours by public bus from Accra the capital of Ghana to Zambulkura, the program site and joined by 4 other support health professionals in Nalerigu to carry out the outreach program. Before we went, we had sent a week notice to the communities of the date for the screening which was scheduled for 27th May 2023. The Malaria screening and treatment went as planned and at the end of the screening a total of 481 people were screened with 137(28.48%) tested positive for the disease.
Out of the total of 481 people screened 118 (24.53%) were children between 0-5 years. Children age 6-17 years were 306 (63.62%). And the aged including pregnant women who were allowed to benefit from the exercise were 57(11.85 %). Among the test results of 118 children aged 0-5years, 32 (27.12%) tested positive for malaria. Among the 306 children aged 6-17years who participated, 94 (30.72%) children tested positive for the malaria. Individuals in the various groups who were suffering from severe malaria or severe infections including 5 pregnant women who had high blood pressures were referred to Nalerigu Baptist Hospital for further treatment. Of the 57 adults included in the exercise 11 (19.30%) tested positive for malaria disease. From the test results shown above, children of the school going age group, that is age 6- 17 years had the highest number of positive malaria cases of 94 (30.72%). The high number of school children suffering from malaria has a negative impact on school attendance as many children absent from school because of sickness. The lack of easy access to primary healthcare services in Zambulkura and its nearby communities is having a huge negative impact on the lives of the people especially children and other vulnerable in these deprived communities. The platform provided by GlobalGiving, The GG Team and our amazing donors together with us at Rescue and Restore Hope Zambulkura Ghana is touching lives positively in Zambulkura area. God bless you all for your kindness
Provision of malaria screenings and treatment in Zambulkura and surrounding communities will continue to be carried out as a temporary measure. The idea of establishing a primary health facility in the community to provide a 24 hour healthcare services remains our focus to serve as a more permanent solution. Our donors and GlobalGiving Team have been amazing and very helpful in our ability to continuously carry out the health screenings and treatment of malaria in Zambulkura and its surrounding communities. In fact you all deserve all the glory and we at Rescue and Restore Hope Zambulkura Ghana, Zambulkura and the surrounding communities owe you lots of gratitude. With your donations together with us we are saving the lives of children every time we carry out malaria screening and treatment in the communities. It is our hope that we are able to mobilize sufficient funds to complete the primary health facility we have started to construct in Zambulkura to make healthcare easily accessible to the people.
The platform GlobalGiving provided is a wonderful site that give RRHZ and many other organizations the chance to touch many lives positively in our communities. These malaria screenings are helping so much; however, the construction of a health facility will be a permanent solution to the health needs of these communities. A request by Zambulkura community to put up a 40-bed capacity health facility to provide the much needed health care services to the communities has been accepted by RRHZ. A piece of land has been provided by the community and construction of the facility has commenced but funding is needed to complete and start operating it to make healthcare easily accessible to all these deprived communities and move towards achievement of the Universal Health Coverage’
Thank you GlobalGiving Team and to all our amazing donors.
By Maxwell Koligu Tidow - Founder, Rescue and Restore Hope Zambulkura Ghana
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