World Malaria Day: Adekeye Esther, NMEP campaign against malaria
As part of activities to commemorate the World Malaria Day, Prominent media personality, Adekeye Esther in collaboration with Nigerian National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), has led campaign against malaria.
In a tweet-chat which attracted thousands of audience, Esther who is also known as Cute Kimani maintained that malaria does not just ‘subside’, which she said is contrary to many beliefs.
According to her, in cases where patients decide not to take any medication, they risk their chances of healing and regaining good health.
Speaking on the statistics of malaria in Nigeria while feeding response to a question, NMEP disclosed that one out of four persons having malaria in the world live in Nigeria.
Similarly, according to the agency, one out of five deaths from malaria globally occur in Nigeria. “Nine persons die EVERY HOUR due to malaria in Nigeria. And over 54 million estimated cases of malaria occur annually in Nigeria,” NMEP added.
On measures pertinent to be observed for the treatment of malaria, NMEP advised the tweet chat audience to “Always test all fever cases using Rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) to confirm it is malaria before taking malaria medicines. RDT is easy to do, the results are accurate and reliable. Artemisinin-based combination therapies are the medicines of choice for uncomplicated malaria. Insist on their usage.”
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