Government Bans Chloroquine, Artemisinin monotherapy for treatment of malaria
A number of students stay in what is known as ‘Malaria Lodges’ which refers to lodges located in mosquito-infested areas where people are always sick because of malaria. In fact, in such lodges malaria symptoms are part of the human system. Every time you dey get headache or you are feeling feverish. In such lodges the environment is always bushy and the drainage system is an eyesore, a dwelling place for mosquitoes. Some people even share house rent with their house mates (mosquitoes).
Well for your information the federal government has banned the use of Chloroquine and Artemisinin monotherapy for treatment of malaria. Monotherapy means the use of only one drug for treatment of medical disorder. The practice today is the use of combination therapy to treat malaria. So those students who walk into Chemists (local drug store) next door and pocket any kind of malaria drug please we need to exercise caution these days. The emphasis today is on malaria prevention so please do something about the dirty environment to keep malaria far away from you.
Tuesday was World Malaria Day and that was when the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, made this announcement. According to him, “Tell yourself, ‘I must not prescribe chloroquine. I must not prescribe monotherapy for artemisinin when what we should prescribe is a combination therapy.”
Meanwhile which lodges do you think are used to malaria so we can target this message directly to them? Let us know.