Scientist Reveals Three Verified Ways On How To Reduce Malaria
A Scientist has listed three verified ways to reduce the number of Malaria infections in Nigeria.
The Health expert identified as Dr Olumide Ogundahusi told newsmen that Malaria can be reduced through the following:
- Environmental interventions.
- Functional Health centres.
- Prompt diagnosis of the illness and early treatment.
Under the environmental intervention, Ogundahusi advised that people embrace the use of:
- Insecticide treated nets.
- Prevent stagnant pool of water.
- Pay adequate attention to building constructions.
In a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday he mentioned the invention of Malaria vaccines.
Ogundahusi who is also a Senior Administrator at the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Disease, WHO, Geneva, Switzerland applauded the invention.
Speaking at the Merit Award organized by the Igbobi College Old Boys Association at the 90th anniversary of the school, he said:
He said: “Science has been able to come up with malaria vaccine, which is relatively effective, especially among children who are younger than five years old.
“But also there are many other things that we can do to prevent malaria or reduce the spread of malaria in our society in the use of bed nets; prompt treatments and prompt diagnosis of the disease.
“Also, certain environmental interventions that can be put in place in terms of the way we construct our houses; reducing stagnant pools of water where mosquitoes breed.
“All of these environmental interventions, as well as medical, will go a long way to reducing the burden of malaria.“
He emphasized that primary healthcare is important to prevent illnesses and diseases. He explained further those serious illnesses can be taken to secondary and tertiary hospital care.
“We need to look at things from the primary healthcare and make sure that ultimately the basic health needs of the people living in the communities are catered for with having functional primary health centres,“ Ogundahusi explained.
The Scientist received an award in the category of Professional Excellence. He joined 13 other recipients to receive a merit award.
He thanked the organisers of the award while expressing gratitude.
His words: “For me, there’s no greater honour than to be recognised by your peers as to have achieved something.
“So, I feel extremely proud of having come to Igbobi college; I feel extremely grateful to God for all the potentials he has given me first of all to attend this school.
“Also, subsequently, how this class impacted on everything I have been able to accomplish so far in life.” Source: Punch HealthWise