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Malaria not ordinary,when neglected can kill--says a medical doctor.

By Ebele Egoh 

Enugwu Ukwu (Njikoka LGA ) ,June 15 ,2021 (MOI)The medical doctor in-charge  of General Hospital Ifitedunu, Dr Tochukwu Nweke, has cautioned that malaria which some people take as ordinary can kill if neglected.

Dr Nweke said this while fielding questions from health corespondents  in his office at Ifitedunu in Dunukofia LGA.

He described malaria as  a disease  condition caused by a parasite and is transmitted into human body through a female mosquito known as Anopheles mosquito. 

' ' It is the female Anopheles mosquito  that transmits  the parasite known as plasmodium into the body.

' ' This is transmitted through the mosquito  bite; once it is ingested  into the system, the parasites moves into the liver where malaria takes places

' ' The life cycle of malaria is in different stages: the egg, the lava,puppa and the adult stages.These are some of the processes it takes to complete a cycle", Nweke explained.

Malaria disease, according  to Dr Nweke, is of different  types ranging from uncomplicated, complicated, acute, severe to cerebral type. Diagonises and treatment can only commence when the type is known.

He noted that one of the cardinal symptoms of malaria is  fever, and known as step ladder pattern in the observable symptoms.This type of fever comes and goes.

' ' Sometimes, when a patient visits hospital, the doctor can check the temperature and it could be normal at that moment, the next minute it will be high.

"Other symptoms  include malaise, body pains, weakness and headache", he noted.

Dr Nweke warned that severe malaria has the same symptoms  enumerated above, but with cardinal signs, it is very dangerous if treatment did not commence immediately. 

' ' Severe malaria comes with high fever  which is consistent, with high temperature.

' ' Other symptoms  of severe malaria are anaemia which is low haemoglobin level, low sugar  which can be detected by laboratory test.

' ' Loss of consciousness  and convulsion are among the symptoms  of severe malaria and if not treated on time might result to death", the medical  doctor retirated.

He added that "Cerebral malaria may presents symptoms more than severe malaria, it comes with persistent seizure and unconsciousness".

Dr Nweke advised Ndi Anambra  to sleep inside Long Lasting Insecticidal Nets, keep their  environment  clean, keep away empty cans that can store water, and make use of insecticides.  

The medical director also pleaded with the government to subsidise the cost of malaria drugs and continue to educate people on how to prevent malaria, noting that prevention is better than cure. 

He urged everyone to visit hospitals and get treated  on time to avoid something fatal(MOI)


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