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Why Do We Keep Suffering From Malaria?

Hello,

Malaria is a well understood disease. We know that it is spread by mosquitos.

Mosquitos are well understood insects. We know they spread by breeding in stagnant pools of water.

So, why do so many people keep falling victim to it every year?

- We don't often clear the puddles in our compounds.

- We don't always use insecticides to clear our rooms of mosquitos.

- We don't use mosquito nets and insect repellants as diligently as we should.

- Some people don't believe in taking drugs until the fever is fully blown.

Let's just be more vigilant and malaria will be under control!

Seun

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Believe it or not, there is a grand conspiracy against the eradication of Malaria in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. There are both local and international actors. Malaria is the greatest killer of children and adult in Africa. a child dies every 30 seconds from malaria related illnesses. The foremost reason why malaria have not been wiped out despite the fact that it was succesfully controlled in the 70s and 80s using DDT is because it is a tool being used by the western world to control the population explosion in Africa. DDT was stopped because it was found to be toxic to our body system, but research have shown that several more lives are lost by not using DDT than would have been lost if DDT was used. Lavicides have since been discovered to do exactly what DDT does and even better without any side effect, but we are yet to see it put to maximum use in Nigeria.

The introduction of Mosquito nets are mere distrations and playing to the gallery, how many of us would want to stay under a mosquito net and sweat all night through in the absence of electricty to power our fans. The use of DDT costs $2 per head annually, while the use of Lavicides costs $0.2 per head annually. The question is why is it not yet popularly used despite its affordability and effectiveness. The local collaborators in the conspiracy includes the pharmaceutical companies who makes 80% of their annual income from sales of malaria drugs, the Insecticide manufacturers are in the list also. and the civil servants government who get grants from NGOs around the world from propagating the gospel of Malaria in Africa.

let us all speak out against this grand conspiracy and save the lives of Nigerian children.

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whateva,anyway thanks for that

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ask God is not Dutch, it's English

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Its not every mosquito that bites you must infect you!

Most of them esp thew culex or male mosqitos dont carry parasites a its mostly female anopheles mosquito which need blood for their progeny.

Also being infected by any disease largely depend on the level of immunity at the time!

That why Pregnant mother are vulnerable cos pregnancy ids a condition and young children who are not full developed in immunity!

Remember we have white blood cells which fight in your body and I say you are lucky to have strong immunity! Am also an example cos I visited another part of Africa where so many people got sick but me I was not! Tho you should be having occassional anti-malarials incase your cells wont fight anymore!

It takes so many days for incubation and when parasites penetrate the red cells is when one suffers from those cold and sweat stages

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stagnant waters, insects and bacterias reproduce in those conditions

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Prevention is better than cure so we should keep ourselves away from Mosquitos!

Pregnant women and children are prone to Malaria as compared to others!

The tropics are hot and allow breeding of this female anopheles mosquito which inject us the merozoites!

Having antimalarials at least once in every six months can help

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Greatpeter hit the issue right in the head.

"It is good though to take these precausions you highlighted above.

but you people left two things untouched these are ignorance (illiteracy) and poverty."

"Poverty, our government is not doing much about this".

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I would much prefer to be in Nigeria than the UK if I had malaria. When you tell the doc in the UK you think you have malaria you are rushed (I mean rushed, sirens blazing) to the nearest tropical disease center like you have only hours to live. Here at least the medication is widely available to most and the doctors are experts at treating it.

I feel for the people that can not afford the medicine and would love to see free treatment for malaria given to all who needs it. One day!!

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we keep suffering from malaria because of our dirty environments

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Malaria

It is very worrisome listening to news this days and the issue of malaria and mosquitoes is be discussed,

Millions of people die every day because of Mosquitoes bite and majority are mothers and little children.

By implication if this is not checked there will be growth imbalance in the nearest future in Motherland Africa.

Our leaders? Gathered at Abuja Yesterday to discuss Malaria. Please let me ask how many of them have their children living in Africa and they want to find a solution to Malaria.

What happened to our Primary Heath Centers? Do we all remember the later Prof. Olukoye Ransome Kuti and the good job he did while he was still here with us

Our leaders need to wake up before it is too later

Mosquitoes and malaria can come to an end only if we show the political will and readiness to flight it.

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Because there are mosquitos in Africa

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sickle shaped not all the red blood cells. I'll give you a personal example, i'm actually a sickle cell carrier (AS), my younger brother is not. When i lived in Nigeria and had an attack of malaria, in most cases a dose of nivaquine was enough to get me back on my feet. For my younger brother, he usually has to be admitted and treated in hospital and it takes him a longer time to get over it.

So compared to my brother i usually have a mild attack of malaria.

You can read more about it on wiki, its called the heterozygote advantage

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heterozygote_advantage#Heterozygote_advantage_and_sickle-cell_anemia

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But ijebuman how can malaria midly effect the sickle cell carrier if it does not infect the sickle shaped cells?

Is it only a certain amount of red blood cells that become sickle in shape for the carrier or is it not all of the cells??

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Just to add here that a sickle cell carrier will still suffer from Malaria but the effects will be mild because the parasites only infect the healthy red blood cells and not the sickled shaped cells

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Some people always get malaria dont know why, when am in nigeria get like average of 4 bites per nite and it dosent affect me maybe once in two years, i guess my blood has something to do with it,

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ty very much

your site was of much use

ty man

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There is a lot of information on the web about sickle cell, just do a search in google

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&rls=DVXA,DVXA:2005-36,DVXA:en&q=sickle%2Bcell%2Bresources

Depending on your location you can get your sister to join her local sickle cell organisation. My younger sister is a member of the sickle cell society in London - http://www.sicklecellsociety.org/aboutus.htm

They assist sufferers by providing information to doctors at her local A&E so they can treat her quickly when she has a crises. Its quite important that the doctors are aware of this as they may waste valuable time treating other symptoms.

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Hey Seun, Do u know anything related to the Sickle Cell disease...?

My sister is a sickler...and she is always in and out of hospital...

These Oyinbo doctors do not know too much about this disease...since it only effects the black race...

If you have any information such as symptoms, treatements...etc please do inform moi...

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You're right, it is wrong. Melanin doesn't protect at all from malaria.

It is true though that carriers of the sickle cell gene have a higher resistance to malaria, and because of that we have more sicklers in subsaharan Africa.

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Remember the EU is threating to withdraw all relations with Uganda because Uganda is using DDT to reduce the deaths, because that's the only thing they can afford. Because of the withdrawal 9 million children more will diew each year in Uganda.

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Thanks for the info, I'll look into it. Wow

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for more info on malaria

WHO

http://mosquito.who.int/cmc_upload/0/000/015/372/RBMInfosheet_1.htm

http://www-micro.msb.le.ac.uk/224/Malaria.html

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Actually that just protects our skin from high levels of exposure to the sun and provides protection against sunburn and the development of melanoma, a potentially extremely deadly form of skin cancer

more on Melanin http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanin

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I thought that the melanin in our skin is supposed to protect us from Malaria?

The browner you are the more you are protected. I guess this is wrong.

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A new fungus has been discovered which can infect mosquitoes and prevent them from lusting after human blood. As you all know only female mosquitoes suck blood because they need it for their eggs. There is respite in the near future though the fungus still has to undergo several research and approvals by the international community before it can be used.

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because of mosquito bites

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Layota et all, can you do some research into this topic please? I think every Nigerian should know the basic things about Malaria. The only relevance of water to Malaria is that, like you said, bredding of mosquito. That's all; drinking "dirty water" does not lead to Malaria. So Seun is right.

Secondly the organisms that cause Malaria is not bacteria, ....find out.

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Majorities don't.

but all the same water is the fastest link to get malaria believe it or not

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Latoya,[b] we [/b]don't drink 8-10 glasses a day. We are meant to do that, but majoritity don't.

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Clean water, won't bring mosquitoes. No mosquitoes, no malaria. Duhhh

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From:

Latoya: "...and may be boil water before drinking or get a dispenser just be clean " and

Hot-angel:"..and all "pure waters", should be really pure"

Fine, good to have clean and safe water, but what has that got to do with malaria?

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I do agree with Hot Angel.Malaria is caused by mosquitoes and mosquitoes develop as a result of dirt.

so pls clean up your gutters and may be boil water before drinking or get a dispenser just be clean and keep the environment clean.

Getting malaria here is a big diseases but in Nigeria is a common thing,people die from it all the time ,lets all come together and keep Nigeria clean so we can fight malaria.

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Well, when i tell my friend here that i had malaria, all they say is i almost died right? They don't get it that they can just use antibiotics and be cured. they think malaria is one big thing. I got malaria in NIgeria, I used antibiotics and i was okay.

Malaria can be stopped, if people start cleaning their enviroment and all "pure waters", should be really pure

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Malaria is a disease of the tropics.

It is good though to take these precausions you highlighted above.

but you people left two things untouched these are ignorance (illiteracy) and poverty.

It might surprise you to mention these two things and wonder how?

Some people are not enlightened and I think public awareness is essential.

Awareness about the causes, consequences, prevention and treatment of Malaria is a neccessity.

Our government can not do it alone, Health organisations, NGOs, Corporate organisations and individuals should be involved.

Our government tried about in the past by the programe called "Roll back malaria" The jingle was all over.

But not enough.

Poverty, our government is not doing much about this.

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Still on the issue of malaria but marrying it to the disheartening issue of fake drugs in Nigeria, did you know that some people who travel back home to Nigeria are plagued by malaria? This in itself is not unusual, the immune system shuts down over the years and such people are more susceptible to the malaria parasite.

What I find terribly sad however, is the fact that some of these people go to the pharmacists and procure anti-malaria drugs with their own money only to find out when it's far too late that such drugs were fake. I know of at least 3 unfortunate people who died last year as a result of that. Malaria patients are quarantined here, as I imagine in most other western countries and we were not allowed to even visit this poor girl. She died a month later and was discovered at her inquest that she must have taken a heavy dose of fake drugs.

May God help us in this our Nigeria, may God help us all.

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naa, not really.

That phone is a Sonyericsson P910i, probably the best pda phone in the market for now.

I used the app when I was in Akure doing some repair job in our factory @ night.

That place was filled with mosquitos and the app actually worked & doesn't drain the battery.....

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WOW mamba you must be R.I.C.H

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I just wish we had as many hospital as churches, or as many school as churches. Then most of these problems like malaria would be solved

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The assumption is that when people have fever they have malaria, right? Many ended being treated for malaria, when in actual sense it was something else. Do not get me wrong, malaria is endemic in Nigeria, and preventive steps should be taken to CONTROL it. People will always suffer from the illness.

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Mosquitoes are pests and will always spread malaria. That is their mission on earth.

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The point is clean environment. We can't eradicate mosquitoes paticularly in tropical region like ours but clean environment could breed new form of mosquitoes less dangerous to health.

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I think we suffer from malaria because we have refused to take precautions! Maintain a clean environment. Use insecticides to protect against the mosquitoes that can come from neighbours and once the symptom of malaria is noticed, take any anti-malarial drug. Prevention is better than cure you know!

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Mamba, I can see from your diagram that a 20Hz tone scare away dragonflies and a 50-90KHz sound scares away bats. What frequency range scares away mosquitos?

I find this idea very interesting. Does it mean that if I play the same frequency on my PC speaker my computer room will be mosquito-free? Wow!

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people will continue to suffer from malaria if our environment is kept dirty and un healthy

for human living.

when there are stangnant water all around us, no proper arrangment for sanitory officers to check our surroundings as it use to be in time past,

sanitation is not been observered, people don't go for check up until alam blows up. There should be a public talk on how best to keep our surrounding free from dirts and jams.

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Ra: That is an insightful reply, but bear it in mind that:

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[li]Mosquitos cannot transmit the malaria parasite until they are infected by someone suffering from malaria. If more people start treating malaria quickly and decisively (before the full fever breaks out) the chance of a random mosquito bite resulting in malaria will be much lower.[/li]

[li]Mosquitos are usually inactive during the day. They come out during the evening, when most people are in their own houses. If your immediate environment is mosquito-free, you are much less likely to get bitten by mosquitos. So if you regularly spray each room in your house with an insecticide, use mosquito nets on all windows, and clear all water puddles in your compound, it will make a lot of difference![/li]

[li]Nobody will challenge you if you decide to go one step further and clear stagnant pools of water on public property outside your compound (for example, roadside gutters close to your house). There are cheap chemicals you can pour into puddles to make it difficult for mosquito larvae to survive in them.[/li]

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You'll be surprised how easily well-understood diseases (like malaria) can be reduced to insignificance when people take collective action against them!

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That's very well said and will definitely reduce the risk of malaria but if you do all of that to your compound and within your immediate environment, how about the next compound? How about the million and one places we always have the need to visit?

There'll always be one stagnant water somewhere unattended by anyone and mosquitoes will continue to breed there. We have to face it really, we're in Africa and a long way away from a malaria free environment, crave it as we may.

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