30% of children, women die of malaria

Yekini Jimoh | 17 Nov 2006
Nigerian Tribune

ABOUT 30 per cent of death of children under the age of five and that of pregnant women in Nigeria are caused by malaria infection.

Dr. Bunmi Alabi, a gynaecologist at the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, stated this during a sensitisation workshop on the use of Insecticide-Treated Nets (ITN) organised by the Womankind Family for journalist in Kwara State.

According to him, investigation showed that only 1.5 per cent of the total population of the people in the country use insecticides-treated nets to prevent malaria infections.

The medical practitioner said most of the anti-malaria regiment used in the country were too expensive. He noted that abuse of drugs had made it possible for malaria parasite to fight such drugs and make them less effective.

"The sale of fake and substandard drugs in our communities has also contributed to the problems of malaria eradication in this country," he said.

Dr. Alabi also noted that failure of patients to complete dosage of malaria drugs was responsible for the illness.

He called on all Nigerians to form the habit of using treated net in their homes to protect their families from malaria infection as a result of mosquito bites.