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SW Malaria Control Head warns population about surging morbidity rate

The Head of the South West Malaria Control Unit, Dr. Wambang Gaston, has warned the population of the Region about…

The Head of the South West Malaria Control Unit, Dr. Wambang Gaston, has warned the population of the Region about the increasing morbidity rate of Malaria in the Region.

According to Dr Wambang, the Malaria morbidity rate in the Region stands at 24.4 percent, while the mortality rate is 7.6 percent of every 100 cases in the Region.

The Medic was speaking to reporters in Buea, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, during the commemoration of this year’s edition of World Malaria Day, celebrated on the theme: “Ready to beat Malaria”

According to him, Malaria is a serious disease characterised by fever that affects everybody with severe particular consequences on pregnant women and children less than the ages of five.

He said the disease is transmitted through the female Anopheles mosquito bites. He also said Malaria could be transmitted from mother to child through the placenta, even though such a risk is marginal.

Going by the South West Head of the Malaria Control Unit, sleeping under the long lasting treated mosquito bed net and keeping the environment clean, remain the best methods of preventing malaria transmission.

Meantime, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are two types of Malarias notably Simple and Complicated Malaria.

These Malarias are diagnosed clinically or biologically. Some of the signs and symptoms of Simple Malaria include: fever, accompanied by headache; nausea, vomiting and abdominal pains. On the other, Complicated Malaria goes with lethargy marked by agitation, confusion, slipping into a coma among others. It is also characterised by severe anaemia and dehydration, distress (rapid) respiration, and reddish urine.

Dr. Wambang further asserted that collective effort is needed in order to achieve this year’s theme. He called on all and sundry to play their respective roles in combating Malaria

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