June, 9 2017 By Emmanuel Okyne
Town Chief of Gbondapi Kpanga Kabonde Chiefdom, Setia Kande Section, Pujehun District , Moinina Palma, said his section has enforced a by- law and a fine of Le 100,000 against anyone caught misusing the treated mosquito bed nets.
The chief made the pronouncement last Friday during the Maternal and Child Health Week’s visit to the chiefdom, sponsored by UK/Aid through the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Gbondapi Kpanga Kabonde Chiefdom is a 12- mile drive from Pujehun district via a bumpy road.
Chief Palma said his section has worked closely with town criers in various villages to help create awareness on the proper use of the treated mosquito nets, noting he enforced the law not only for the campaign , but to serve as a deterrent since community people were in the practice of using the net for fishing.
He said they have worked in collaboration with imams so that they could help disseminate the message on the proper use of the bed nets, adding they have been fully engaged in the monitoring process of the distribution of the nets.
The chief said household members were warned to be candid about the number of dependents residing in a particular household, noting that inflating the number was tantamount to corruption.
Chief Palma said they worked alongside with the Gbondapi health post in the chiefdom as residents were mainly farmers , noting that the whole chiefdom would not wait at home for health workers, but would alternate the days that farmers would go to the farm and those who would stay at home.
‘So, the ten days campaign will not hinder the planting season through which people earn their livelihood,” he said.
Community Health Officer at Gbondapi health post, Taheru Abudulai, said 674 households would be targeted during the free mosquito treated bed nets distribution , adding that house to house method would be used .
The in charge said eight community workers would be engaged in the distribution process, noting 93 bales of treated bed nets were to be distributed to people.
“Malaria is the prevalent illness in the chiefdom as it has been rated high on the chart,” he said.
He said their health post was currently without malaria drugs for adult, but noted that under-five malaria drug was available.
Foday Brima, Malaria Focal Person, Pujehun District, said 38 percent of outpatient cases reported to the government hospital were malaria , citing the District Health Information System ( DHIS) survey, which showed 47 percent of malaria prevalence in the district.
He further said 18 catchment villages access the health facility in the chiefdom , noting that out of the 18 catchment areas, only four were accessible via road.
Brima said before the campaign, a macro plan was implemented, adding they would be working with 80 supervisors and 12 paramount chiefs to monitor the process.
He further said the targeted beneficiaries in the district for the bed nets would be 61,343,disclosing the district received a total of 4, 089 bales of treated bed nets.
The focal person for malaria said there was need to re-introduce district overseers, who would be in charge of the environment, adding that it would help reduce the occurrence rate of malaria in the district.
One of the beneficiaries in Gbonapi Kpanga Kabonde chiefdom, Bintu Sannoh, commended health workers in the chiefdom for creating awareness on the proper use of the treated nets.