Malaria adverts be like:
“Mummy, Daddy is shaking. Sister is shaking. Brother is vibrating.”
Wife: “Darling, what’s the matter?”
“DARLING: Headache, Fever, body pain”.
*NEIGHBOUR (Their ‘Doctor’) RUSHES IN*, acts surprised.
Neighbour: “Ah, Neighbours, what’s the matter?” *They narrate*
Neighbour: *Pauses to think for a sec* (‘Rapid Testing kit’)
“I think I know what the matter is. You ALL have Malaria 🏽♀️. Haven’t you heard of ****. .
*Dips hand into her hand bag (PHARMACY🤦🏽♀️) and brings out a malaria drug pack* Hands over to the family.
We all know how the story ends. And then we hear the clause...
“IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST AFTER 3 DAYS PLEASE VISIT YOUR DOCTOR”
Still wondering why a lot of people present late to the hospital? Why alot of our people especially children die from Malaria?
Look no further, Late presentation is openly advertised in the comfort of our homes.
So parents try every treatment possible and when they fail (And trust me most overstay 3 days), they run to the hospitals and expect us to perform a miracle.
TAKE HOME INFORMATION:
1) Fever, catarrh, body pain and headache are not specific symptoms to MALARIA. It can be anything and only specific and accurate laboratory tests can distinguish between Malaria Fevers and other fevers.
My extended family just lost someone who had meningitis but was being treated for Malaria and typhoid! .
2) 3 days is enough for one, especially children to die from acute complications of Malaria!
3) Our Government and health/drug regulatory bodies need to do better.
Stick to the rules of prevention. It is better than cure.
Remember #ZeroMalariaStartsWithMe and YOU!
Say no to #SelfMedication . Embrace #EarlyDetection and #Diagnosis .
You handbag is not a #Pharmacy and your brain is not a #rapidtestkit
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