UNICHEM presented the Foundation with 10,000 doses of their anti-malarial DUOMAL – to help to fight the disease nationwide-, along with LUEX hand sanitizers and face shields.
The Public Relations Director at UNICHEM, Nana Yaw Mohan speaking at a short event to handover, the items said; “We are extremely passionate about the First Lady’s initiative to improve the lives of Ghanaians, especially women and children. As a result, we wanted to support the good works by supplying these items to the foundation; there is more to come in the future.”
Spokesperson for the First Lady commended UNICHEM and expressed gratitude for their generosity and support towards the people of Ghana and said the items would go a long way to impact and save many lives.
Senior Pharmacist of the UNICHEM Group, Basil Akussah explained “We are presenting DUOMAL dispersible tablets and are easier and better to administer than traditional suspensions due to advantages in dosing, stability, storage, cost and transportation. Looking at the activities of the foundation we believe that these malaria drugs would reach remote parts of the country, to benefit women and children especially.”
Malaria according to the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), accounted for 42.8 per cent of Outpatient Department (OPD) cases, 22.2 percent of in-patient’s admissions and 1.1 per cent of in-patient deaths in 2019.
Currently, malaria accounts for about 34 per cent of OPD cases and 22 percent of in-patients cases and 2.1 percent of in-patients death in the country.
Although malaria kills without recourse to one’s age and gender, the disease is quite fatal in children and pregnant women, particularly children under-five years.