Sustained education can eliminate malaria from Nigeria, says Pharmacologist




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LAGOS – Prof. Akintunde Sowunmi, a Pharmacologist and Therapeutist at Ibadan, said on adequate and sustained on malaria had capacity to eliminate disease from Nigeria.

Sowunmi, said this an interview with News Agency Nigeria (NAN), decried the prevalence malaria the country.

He said the prevention strategies adopted so far were satisfactory and should be retained, improved and implemented holistically to yield far-reaching results.

“Malaria is a killer disease; malaria is Nigeria; it is the leading causes fever and anaemia Nigeria.

“We need to have more knowledge about malaria, educate the people we have to the nets, we have to Anti-malaria combination therapy (ACTs) correctly and we have to treat acute infection complaints within 24 hours.

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“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.“

Sowunmi advised against the of herbs and local medicines for the treatment of malaria, saying that such treatments had not been scientifically proved to be safe.

“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.

“So, we are a long way from using the locally available natural to prevent malaria.

“But, I think that we need to re-educate them that those are not standardised forms of malaria control.”

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