For Nigerians in the metropolis, malaria might seem like the ordinary condition that comes every once in a while to rattle our good health. But in many settlements across Africa, people die of malaria, mainly children.
In areas with high malaria concentration, pregnant women and children are most at risk of contracting the disease. Children under the age of 5 are more likely to die of the disease.
On World Malaria Day, the world raises awareness of the disease and its prevention.
For this year’s theme, the World Health Organisation says, “ending malaria for good”, by demonstrating prevention methods including mosquito nets and insecticides.
Here are 3 things you need to know:
If you are taking anti-malaria tablets, always finish the course. It will be ineffective if the instructions are not followed thoroughly.
Some malaria drugs are not effective because the parasites are resistant to them. If malaria is treated with the wrong drug, the disease will continue.
For many people, symptoms of malaria begin 10 days to 4 weeks after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
Stay safe, all!