Some medical experts have called for intensified synergy among all tiers of government, medical and health workers and members of the public in the fight against malaria.
The experts made the call at a programme organised by the Preventive Health Managers, a group of doctors concerned about preventive medicine, to mark the 2015 World Malaria Day in Lagos, yesterday with the theme: “Doctors Discuss Malaria”.
According to them, malaria still remains a major public health issue that requires intensive efforts to combat.
Sen. Oloruninbe Mamora, who is also a physician, said that the battle against malaria would need expanded strategy and effectiveness to achieve success.
“There is need for us to go back to the basics; we need to pass information to the people concerned on preventive measures against malaria.
“People need to know updated ways to prevent malaria; medical and health workers have to know the current diagnoses and treatment for malaria.
Professional Officer, World Health Organisation, WHO, South West, National, Dr Tolu Arowolo, said that there had been a number of successes recorded by various researches conducted by physicians on malaria and vector control.
According to her, the world health body has brought out technical strategy to combat malaria from 2015 to 2025.
“The World Health Organisation has developed a plan from 2015 to 2025 to achieve a vision for zero new infections. We hope that by the year 2025, cases of malaria would have been reduced by 50 per cent from the 2015 baseline.
“Again, all persons at risk will have access to locally recommended preventive interventions; and all persons with suspected malaria will also have access to quality assured first line treatment.
A professor of pediatrics and the director of Malaria Research Centre, University of Ilorin, Dr Olugbenga Mokuolu, said that Artesunate drugs remained the most potent drugs to treat severe cases of malaria.
“For the treatment of severe malaria, Artesunate drugs remain the most potent prescription as quinine and others are not of comparative efficacy. There has also been a downward trend in the reported cases of malaria and this gives hope that malaria can be reduced to the barest minimum.

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