Malaria cases among children in the Bono Region’s Dormaa Central Municipality and Sunyani East Municipality have decreased since the start of malaria vaccine trials.
Malaria is one of the world’s most serious public health issues. It is a leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, particularly among young children and pregnant women.
According to the World Health Organization, 409,000 people died from malaria in 2019 alone.
Malaria remains at the top of the list of diseases recorded at the majority of Out Patients Departments in Ghana. The cost of eradicating malaria in Ghana is estimated to be $961 million between 2020 and 2029.
However, there appears to be a decrease in the number of children with Malaria since the Malaria vaccine trials began in both the Dormaa Central and Sunyani Municipalities of the Bono Region.
Dr. Philip Fobi Karikari, Medical Superintendent at the SDA Hospital in Sunyani, told Citi News, “The situation has really improved.” In fact, malaria used to be the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hospitals, but when we validated the first quarter, it was ranked seventh. We vaccinated 727 babies, and the number of malaria cases among those babies has decreased.”
Selina Laryea, who is in charge at Reproductive Child Health at the Presbyterian Hospital at Dormaa Ahenkro noted that the malaria vaccine has really helped in reducing malaria among children in the Dormaa Central Municipality.
“At the initial stage, we were having challenges because of what some parents have heard about vaccines. We have so far vaccinated 815 children. The parents are now embracing it.”
Some parents who had their children take the jab also shared with the news team how helpful the malaria vaccine has been to their children.
Beata Agyei noted that her child used to get malaria frequently but ever since she took the malaria vaccine it has stopped, and she is therefore encouraging parents to send their children to take the jab
Another parent, Linda Appiah, said, “It has really helped me. My son has fallen sick before, but he has never tested positive for malaria. It is always infections. The vaccine has really helped us against malaria, so parents should embrace it.”