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MALARIA

Malaria fever continues to be a major African problem despite the many advances of science. Over 80% of malaria cases and deaths occur in Africa with between 800,000 and one million deaths among children every year. The fight against malaria is further compounded by self-medication - taking drugs without medical prescription.

Many people in Africa take drugs without medical prescription, which tends to lead to drug-resistance problems. Thus several cases of resistance to malaria drugs such as Chloroquine as well as resistance to antibiotics such as penicillin have been reported. In fact, the Sudan is being endemic for resistant malaria.

Now, the emergence and rapid spread around Africa of Chloroquine resistant Jalciparum malaria are well known. As a result of this, most' patients with serious falciparum malaria may not respond to standard chloroquine treatment. Although resistance to drugs is a genetic problem, the enzymes involved in this genetic transmission of drug resistance seem to be easily activated in those people who take drugs incorrectly either excessively or with no medical advice. Prophylactic Chloroquine is recommended especially for pregnant women by some doctors, it is doubtful if prohylactic is of any benefit to in countries where resistant malaria is almost endemic. It is best to allow natural immunity for protection and the use of an appropriate anti-malaria drug when malaria strikes and not before.

The use of mosquito nets and insectides is very difficult in certain African countries where most people sleep outside in the open space and house-tops. Much improved insecticides of various kinds are very common now. Prevention remains better than cure!

"..And make not your own hands contribute to your destructions ... " (Q2:195).

This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited

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