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This article discusses the issues surrounding malaria and how it could be combated.

Submitted: May 07, 2008

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Submitted: May 07, 2008



Malaria is endemic throughout Nigeria. It afflicts more than 110 million Nigerians every year and its mortality rate for children under five in Nigeria is 729 per 100,000 children.

The above statistics from the World Health Organization is a proof that many persons are resistant to anti-malaria drugs you would say, and believe me, over coming malaria parasite is a real issue that should be target by the health sector in Nigeria.

It is high time the Nigerian government focus greater and qualitative attention to research into effective anti-malaria drugs and thus help reduce the no fewer than three million people who die of malaria world wide annually.

Dr. Mike Blackman, an expert in parasitology said the search into an enzyme called Pf SUB 1 proves that it is possible to block the enzyme in question. “It means there’s a real potential for developing treatments”.

I would advice therefore that the Nigerian government should organize effectively a medical research team to work on the protein that triggers the release of the malaria parasite from the red blood cells and design anti-malaria drugs that would better inhibit the enzyme so as to reduce the number of malaria mortality rate in Nigeria.



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