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Reps urges FG for free malaria treatment

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By Abdulwasiu Usman

Current cost of treating malaria in Nigeria is quite unsettling.

The representatives in the House of Congress have urgently appealed to the Federal Government for the provision of cost-free medication and medical care for malaria across all government-run hospitals throughout the entire nation. Amobi Ogah, the representative of Isiuakwato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency, Abia State, presented a crucial and urgent national matter during a plenary session in the House. In this matter, the House acknowledged the gravity of malaria, a highly significant illness which is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito carrying small parasites known as plasmodia.

It was observed that neglecting the treatment of malaria may lead to dire medical consequences such as seizures, impairments to the brain, respiratory difficulties, failure of vital organs, and ultimately, death. This infectious disease prevails extensively in tropical regions and can affect individuals indiscriminately. As per the Health Essentials Report a staggering 241 million cases of malaria were reported globally in 2020, leading to a devastating death toll of 627,000 individuals. Over 90% of these fatalities occurred in Africa, with a startling 80% affecting innocent children under five years old.

45% of Nigerian population contracts malaria every year.

In the ongoing discussion, Mr. Ogah brought up the fact that the House had acknowledged cerebral malaria as the most critical variant, capable of leading to a coma. Shockingly, it accounts for approximately 15 percent of child fatalities and nearly 20 percent of adult mortalities. Figures from the Malaria treatment statistics of 2023 reveal that 45 percent of Nigeria entire population contracts malaria every year. In the year 2021, there were approximately 68 million cases of this infection, which unfortunately resulted in the loss of 194,000 lives.

On a global scale, Nigeria bears the highest malaria burden, accounting for nearly 27 percent of the burden. Furthermore, the House acknowledges the intertwining link between malaria and poverty, where they act as both cause and consequence. This dangerous scenario is of utmost concern, as a predominantly ill population lacks the strength to foster a robust economic standing. The House recognizes with great concern that the current expense associated with treating malaria in Nigeria is quite unsettling. To elaborate, if individuals choose to self-administer medication, the average cost amounts to roughly ₦5,000. However, if they decide to consult with a healthcare professional and undergo a laboratory test, the expenses escalate to over ₦10,000.

Govt should ensure free malaria treatments are available.

Meanwhile with the current situation, a significant number of Nigerians are unable to afford this amount. Hence, they may turn to the utilization of local plants or low-quality medications, which can potentially result in severe health issues or even fatalities. At present, the nation’s people endure a threatening state of economic adversity. The majority of average and lower-class individuals can barely manage to afford just one meal per day due to the soaring cost of living resulting from the elimination of oil subsidies. Consequently, the accessibility to malaria medication becomes even more unattainable.

This calls for the government to step in and ensure that free malaria treatments and medication are made available in government hospitals, thereby preventing an impending malaria catastrophe. Ogah asserts that while HIV and tuberculosis currently receive free treatment in Nigeria, their prominence, prevalence, and fatality are not as significant as that of malaria in today’s context. After the motion’s approval, the House strongly recommended that the Federal Government allocate a portion of the funds saved from the removal of fuel subsidies towards offering free malaria treatment and medication at all government hospitals across Nigeria.

Nigeria has the highest malaria mortality rate in sub-Saharan.

Despite numerous government efforts, Malaria continues to pose a significant threat to public health within the nation. Nigeria accounts for the highest malaria mortality rate in sub-Saharan Africa. In an attempt to combat the issue, the government has implemented initiatives such as the distribution of free mosquito nets. Moreover, a strategic blueprint known as the National Malaria Strategic Plan (NMSP) has been established, aiming to reduce malaria-related deaths to below 50 per 1000 people and achieve a parasite prevalence of less than 10% by 2025.


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AN-Toni
Editor
2 months ago

Reps urges FG for free Malaria Treatment.Current cost of treating malaria in Nigeria is quite unsettling.Express your point of view.

Taiwo
Member
2 months ago

Congressmen demand that FG provide free malaria treatment. Treatment for malaria in Nigeria currently comes at a very high cost. I concur that treatment for malaria ought to be provided at no cost. Maintaining our optimal health is crucial. We can only accomplish this by taking good care of ourselves, particularly in regards to malaria.

Adeoye Adegoke
Member
2 months ago

The current cost of treating malaria in Nigeria is indeed unsettling. Malaria is a prevalent and deadly disease in many parts of Nigeria, and access to affordable treatment is crucial in combating its impact on public health.
Malaria affects a significant portion of the population, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria. The financial burden of treating malaria can be overwhelming for many individuals and families, especially those in low-income communities. It is disheartening to think that people may not receive the necessary treatment simply because they cannot afford it.
Providing free malaria treatment would be a significant step towards improving healthcare access and reducing the burden of this disease. It would ensure that everyone, regardless of their financial situation, has the opportunity to receive timely and adequate treatment. This, in turn, can help save lives, prevent complications, and contribute to the overall well-being of the population.
In addition to free treatment, it is also essential to focus on preventive measures such as mosquito control, distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, and public education on malaria prevention. By addressing both treatment and prevention, we can make significant progress in reducing the impact of malaria on individuals and communities.
I support the call for the government to prioritize and invest in providing free malaria treatment. It is a critical step towards improving public health and ensuring that no one is left behind in the fight against this devastating disease. Let’s work together to make affordable and accessible malaria treatment a reality for all Nigerians! 🦟💪

Kazeem1
Member
2 months ago

It is alarming how much it now costs to cure malaria in Nigeria. The government should place a high priority on providing accessible, reasonably priced healthcare, including free malaria treatment.Improving access to healthcare and lowering the prevalence of malaria would both be greatly aided by the provision of free treatment. It would guarantee that everyone, no matter how wealthy or poor,

SarahDiv
Member
2 months ago

The plea for free malaria treatment resonates deeply. Malaria affects a significant portion of the population, and the call for government intervention is crucial to ensure access to healthcare, especially for those facing economic hardships. Allocating funds for free treatment aligns with the need to tackle this pressing health issue and its broader impact on the nation’s well-being.