Get tested before receiving malaria treatment—Expert urges Nigerians.
In an interview in Enugu, a former Chairman of Medical Laboratory Scientists, Enugu State chapter, Mr Chinenye Nwekpe, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to always comply with the national policy on malaria that stipulates medical test before receiving treatment,
and that this will reduce unnecessary and irrational use of anti-malarial drugs. “Malaria policy states that every suspected malaria case must be tested and confirmed before treatment can be administered on patients. “This policy has been in force for many years in the country, Nwekpe also said that implementing the policy might take time, but would save many lives at the end. The laboratory scientist also urged pharmacists and medicine store owners to desist from attending to any patient that refused to go for test before requesting for malaria treatment. He recommended the use of long-lasting insecticidal net, indoor residual spraying and environmental management as other methods of reducing the burden of malaria in Nigerian communities, saying that keeping clean environment and eliminating mosquitoes .The National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) says, “In Nigeria the disease is responsible for 60 per cent outpatient visits to health facilities, 30 per cent childhood death. “Twenty-five per cent of death in children under one year and 11 per cent maternal death.