Ghana is set to partner Cuba to battle malaria in the West African country where at least a child dies every 30 seconds from the disease.
A high-powered delegation from Cuba led by Mercedes Lopez Acea met with Ghana’s Vice President, Mahamudu Bawumia.
Acea, the vice president of Cuban Council of State, was accompanied by Ana Teresita, deputy minister of foreign affairs.
While restating its commitment to eradicate malaria and mosquito transmitted diseases, Ghana explained that it would renew discussion with Cuba for the establishment of Biolarvicide factory at Savelugu in northern Ghana.
The factory would produce insecticide to destroy larvae of a mosquito and help control pest and mosquito transmitted diseases in Ghana and West Africa sub-region.
Bawumia, who received the Cuban delegation, said deaths from malaria were avoidable and wanted the facility to help eradicate the disease, not just in Ghana, but West Africa sub region.
“The malaria programme in Savelugu in the northern Ghana is an area that Ghana wants to see the proposals come to fruition for the malaria control programme,” he said.
Bawumia acknowledged the longstanding relations between the two countries and emphasised appreciation to the government of Cuba for supporting various sectors of the country.
He mentioned the Cuban Medical Brigade Assistance Programme, which had witnessed medical doctors and other health personnel undertaking voluntary work in remote areas of the country.
The Vice President noted that, more than 3,000 Ghanaian students had also benefitted from training in Cuba, with many of them contributing their quota to national development.
“We know that the Cuban business community has expressed interest in Ghana’s cocoa beans. We believe that if Ghana and Cuba cooperate, we can add value to Ghana’s cocoa sector,” he stated.
Also, Acea expressed her country’s commitment to expand and deepen the relationship between the two countries.
“We’re proud that we have trained over 3,000 Ghanaian students, who are now playing key roles in Ghana’s development.
“We’re also very proud of the achievements of the Cuban Medical Brigade, some of whom have been in Ghana for over 15 years. I believe we can explore other areas of mutual benefit,” Acea said.
Malaria accounts for 40 per cent public health expenditure in endemic countries.