Malaria Essay In Nigeria

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Malaria assassinates one child every 30 seconds, equating to over 1,000 deaths per day and well over 20,000 a week. Malaria, a life- threatening disease caused by parasitic mosquitoes is quite prevalent in Nigeria, killing thousands per year. According to Healthline, a peer- reviewed medical information source; Malaria is caused by mosquitoes carrying the Plasmodium parasite living in tropical and subtropical climates. The parasite destroys red blood cells; if left untreated, Malaria can lead to organ failure, anemia, swelling in the brain, and other complications. According to the Malaria journal, “Malaria cases and deaths have risen steadily in sub-Saharan Africa since the late 1970s, especially in Nigeria.” (Yusuf 1). Thousands of Nigerians …show more content…
According to the Malaria Journal, “approximately 57.9% of all deaths from malaria in the world in 1990 occurred among the poorest 20% of the world’s population”. Malaria thrives in impoverished households, keeping them impoverished. In most cases, people can barely afford treatment; penny-pinching in order to buy medicine. At the very least, families should have an insecticide- treated bed net. Since the cost of conventional medicine may be too high for some families, they opt for patent medicine dealers or local herbalists who have no medical training at all. In a study published by the International journal for equity in health, The rich are more likely to seek treatment the day they begin experiencing symptoms; the poor are less likely to seek treatment due to their economic status. They may need more time to produce the funds for treatment. Using data gathered within the same study, it shows 62% of the poor seek treatment from patent medicine dealers. PMDs have no formal medical training; however, it’s cheaper than pharmacies which explains why poor residents are more likely to seek treatment here. On the contrary, the study shows 47% of the wealthy seek treatment in pharmacies and hospitals. In addition to the affordability for the wealthy, they are more likely to seek treatment in these environments because of class status. It is assumed the poor are illiterate and cannot effectively communicate with medical professionals; this is also why poor residents are more likely to seek treatment from PMDs. They are more familiar with PMDs, and rely heavily on the PMDs to prescribe the correct

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