World Mosquito Day | There are over 3,000 different species of mosquitoes throughout the world.
People across the globe are observing World Mosquito Day on Tuesday, which also marks the anniversary of the day Sir Ronald Ross discovered female mosquitoes are malaria transmitting carriers.
The day is being observed with various anti-mosquito drives in different parts of the world – at a time when dengue, a mosquito born deadly virus, has killed hundreds in South Asia and Southeast Asia, with Philippines declaring it a national epidemic.
In Ghana, the event has been marked by various talks on several radio stations.
Speaking about the day on Ahotor Fm, an Accra based radio station, the Chief Executive Officer of Drink Safe Water Ghana Ltd, expressed worry over how Ghanaians put up drains, gutters and surroundings.
Speaking on the history of the celebration, he lamented that, “World Mosquito Day” is observed annually on 20 August and is a commemoration of British Doctor Sir Ronald Ross’s who discovered in 1897 that, the female mosquitoes transmit malaria between humans.
Mr. Krobea Asante quoting statistics from the World Health Organization bemoaned that, In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 87 countries.
The estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 435 000 in 2017.
The WHO African Region carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden.
In 2017, the region was home to 92% of malaria cases and 93% of malaria deaths.
Are we sleeping in Ghana?
“We are still sleeping and not ready to rage war against malaria because there is evidence of filth everywhere, even behind the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources” Mr. Krobea Asante added.
We can keep our gutters clean, disinfect them, empty drains, remove sand and cause no flying polythene bags and refuse in our vicinities to avoid the breeding of mosquitoes.
In Ghana today, polythene bags, empty cans and plastic bottles are a hundred more times than the population size.
He has therefore called on government as a matter of urgency to strengthen various district and municipal assemblies to cut down waste generation and to treat all waste products before final disposal to help save lives.
In his closing remarks about the day, he said “Ghanaian’s seem to show love, hospitality and care for the deadly mosquito, hence ensure they feed them 24/7 and provide shelter for them”