Public health specialist Mr. Tobias John issued a warning on Friday, stating that untreated malaria may result in Common Mental Disorders (CMDs).
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe, John, the Northeast Zonal Coordinator of the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA), issued the warning.
Given the lack of sufficient knowledge about malaria and the various health issues that untreated malaria could cause, he claimed that the warning was urgently needed.
In light of the numerous health issues associated with the disease and its propensity to impair the human immune system quickly, he claimed that malaria was sensitive to human health.
If persons with malaria understood the impact the illness has on human health, according to John, “they will not hesitate to treat the disease; malaria is a life-threatening disease,” he stated.
Malaria can cause anemia or a blood shortage, which impairs the brain’s ability to function, causing brain damage and seizures.
Malaria causes widespread mental disorders, which are linked to incorrect blood flow to the brain. Low blood levels prevent the brain from receiving the necessary quantum for regular function.
The brain may start to react in the other direction or in different ways, and you will undoubtedly notice that your coordination will be compromised.
Once you reach that point, you can be sure that things have gotten complicated and that individual might start speaking off-topic or losing their balance, which leads to a frequent mental disease.
The NACA coordinator claimed that since COVID-19, HIV, and tuberculosis are all diseases that can be contracted through malaria, it is important to take effective preventative and therapeutic measures.
In addition to advising against self-medication, he promoted a quick response strategy for treating malaria by appropriate testing prior to medical prescription.
There are five parasite species that cause malaria in humans, according to John, therefore the way most people adopt treating the disease without conducting tests is not ideal.
It’s possible that you won’t be able to identify the precise parasite causing malaria until it has been properly diagnosed and treated.
“Laboratory testing is required in order to pinpoint the plasmodium that is causing malaria and can help determine the best course of treatment if you want to be particular about what must be done to cure the disease.
The effects of malaria are lessened once that is accomplished, he claimed.
The public health expert urged Nigerians to always treat the problem of malaria seriously in light of its negative effects on human health.
John also urged Gombe journalists and civil society organizations to spread the word about the dangers of leaving malaria untreated and the importance of receiving quality medical care when it strikes.
The World Health Organization (WHO) describes malaria as a potentially fatal condition brought on by parasites that infect female Anopheles mosquitoes and bite humans.
It can be avoided and treated.
According to the WHO’s World Malaria Report, 241 million cases and 627,000 fatalities from malaria are anticipated the worldwide year 2020.
This amounts to around 14 million more cases in 2020 than in 2019, as well as 69,000 more fatalities.