Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the parasites multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying the red blood cells.
In some places, malaria can be treated and controlled with early diagnosis. However, Africa and to a narrower term Nigeria, lack the resources to do this effectively.
An excerpt from healthnews.africa dialogue with Sir Bright Ekweremadu, Managing Director of Nigeria’s Society for Family Health validates this.
Sir Bright Ekweremadu has told healthnews.africa that the money lost annually to malaria can pay the salaries of 2.2 million Nigerians! He said more than US$3 billion is lost to malaria yearly due to out of pocket treatment and prevention costs.
He added that ignorance has had negative impacts on Nigeria’s malaria control program.
“Ignorance is deadly as studies have shown that a significant contributor to malaria’s deadly count in Nigeria is inadequate knowledge and information on the part of caregivers and the citizenry,” Ekweremadu told healthnews.africa
He decried the inadequate empowerment of Nigerian healthcare workers.
“Caregivers are inadequately empowered with appropriate health education to change their behaviour and use of malaria commodities with consequences for prevention and treatment of the ailment,”. He had previously observed that the worst affected age group by malaria in Nigeria are children between 6 months and 5 years. According to him, three out of 10 deaths among children were caused by malaria.
As the world marks today ‘Malaria Day’, it’s time to get well kitted and ready to beat malaria.