Malaria in Pregnancy Denies Unborn Baby Nutrients.
Experts have decried the impact of Malaria during pregnancy noting that parasite denies the fetus nutrients and often result in low birth weight,
and It is estimated that each year over 30 million women become pregnant in Malaria areas of Africa, with most living in areas of stable malaria transmission, adding that Although the vast majority of women with malaria infections during pregnancy remain asymptomatic, infection increases the risk of maternal anemia and delivering a low-birth-weight (LBW) baby. LBW (<2,500 g) is an important risk factor for infant mortality, and this review focuses on the impact of malaria during pregnancy on LBW and subsequent infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa. Reacting to this, Dr. Godwin Ntadom, Head of Case Management Branch, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), weekend, while explaining the dangerous effects of Malaria in pregnancy, stresses that though the condition may not show that woman is sick, it deprives nutrient from the unborn baby, saying that: “At that stage, the woman may not be sick because the parasite is at the placenta, where it is feeding on the woman’s nutrients.” The Head of Case Management Branch, NMEP, spoke on behalf of the National Coordinator, NMEP, Dr. Audu Bala Mohammed, during a consultative meeting/training on ways to improve the coverage of malaria by the media, organized by NMEP in collaboration with Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) in Lagos, adding that It is a major programme in Malaria focus in Nigeria. He further explains that most malaria infections, and the most severe morbidity and mortality, are caused by Plasmodium falciparum. Most P. falciparum infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa, and the P. falciparum parasite has been shown to be more common in pregnant than non-pregnant women and to have a substantial adverse effect on pregnancy outcome (causing both prematurity (gestation of <37 weeks) and intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR).