LAGOS – Prof. Akintunde Sowunmi, a Pharmacologist and Therapeutist at the University of Ibadan, said on Thursday that adequate and sustained education on malaria had the capacity to eliminate the disease from Nigeria.
He said that the prevention strategies adopted so far were satisfactory and should be retained, improved and implemented holistically to yield far-reaching results.
“We need to have more knowledge about malaria, educate the people that we have to use the nets, that we have to use Anti-malaria combination therapy (ACTs) correctly and we have to treat acute infection complaints within 24 hours.
“That we have to take steps to prevent malaria using the available resources and to let our people know that it is not an obstacle that we cannot surmount.
“And we need to try and surmount it and to be able to contribute more meaningfully to malaria control.“
“The local medicines that we have, we have not isolated the active extracts, we need to purify them, we need to standardise them, we need to adopt the dosage regiment.
“But, I think that we need to re-educate them that those are not standardised forms of malaria control.”