How do you respond to an avoidable war in which just in Lagos alone– one of the 36 states in Nigeria- 700,000 humans are annually taken prisoner, and worldwide, 229 million are taken detainee with over 400,000 annual sent out to early graves? That is the circumstance with the ancient human war against malaria. Humankind has for over 70 years been in a position to win this war however stops working to do so mostly due to the failure of governance, lack of interest and sabotage by those who benefit from this human catastrophe.
Last Sunday, the World Malaria Day was held, with the typical speeches and guarantees while the casualties accumulate. This year’s slogan: “Stand– Take Action” generates the question: why is it taking the world over a century to stand up and do something about it? Towards the close of 2019, the coronavirus, COVID-19, raised its head. Within one year, there were over 200 vaccine prospects being established, and this year numerous nations and business rolled out different types with numerous millions vaccinated. In contrast, after four thousand years of malaria damaging humanity, there is no single vaccine for it. This is partly due to the truths that humankind does not feel as frightened or threatened, and malaria has scientific remedies. The fact is that today, malaria is mainly an Africa illness with 215 million or 94 percent of worldwide malaria cases happening in the continent.
Malaria has been so widespread in Africa that some stated it was a sort of natural biological warfare against European colonialists. In the malaria-infested parts of Africa, it was so hard for the colonialists to settle that it was unimaginable there might be White Inhabitant colonies in nations like Nigeria. So, some jokingly speak about the ‘patriotic mosquitoes’ of Africa that made it the ‘Whiteman’s graveyard.’ Malaria is caused by Plasmodium parasites transferred through the bites of contaminated female Anopheles mosquitoes which are called the vectors. This triggers high fever and chills which, in severe cases, affect the lungs and obstruct the capillaries carrying blood to the brain. For many years, it has ended up being resistant to lots of conventional drugs.
Apart from the human expenses, malaria in lots of African nations, is responsible for the overburdening of health centers and their near break down. In Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, the state’s Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi says malaria alone is responsible for 70 per-cent of outpatient in public health centers; 657,154 clients with malaria were seen in both personal and public health centers in the state.
It is an open secret that there are those who make money from the malaria service and would not want it eliminated. The malaria drugs market is a near $1 trillion service and the pharmaceutical business producing these drugs are making huge revenues. The exact same opts for the business producing mosquito internet and the mainly hazardous insecticide and mosquito coil. The anti-malaria dugs company was widely boosted in 2020, when then American President, Donald Trump, declared that the malaria drug, hydroxychloroquine, was a” video game changer” versus COVID-19 There are likewise those who make huge profits producing and offering phony malaria drugs.
There is likewise the Western brainwashing. For the thousands of years malaria has damaged mankind, Africans have had efficient organic remedies. One of the most efficient is the low-cost or virtually complimentary Neem tree and leaves called Dongoyaro in Nigeria with the botanical name, Azadirachta indica. Africans were persuaded into believing that this drug is implied for the ignorant and unsophisticated and that the Western-produced drugs, numerous of which have actually ended up being ineffective, are the best treatment for malaria. There are likewise the legions of foreign-sponsored non-governmental organisations specialising in unlimited malaria campaigns and living off the victims.
The service to this awful war is to eradicate malaria by rendering useless or removing the female Anopheles mosquito. There are of course ecological consequences as mosquitoes are food source for some animals: birds and fishes, but they are not essential to them as they have alternative food sources. Other pests can change them. The net result of eliminating mosquitos would be that lots of human lives will be conserved, ill-health reduced on the planet, problem on health care minimized and some economies can breathe much better.
Nigeria, the country most contaminated by malaria, does not appear to be focusing on elimination. Federal government is so unserious that even the basic method of reducing malaria frequency by fumigating gutters and other places mosquitoes type, has actually been deserted. The question is: why is Nigeria interested more in management of malaria rather than straight-out elimination which it can in truth afford?
Cuba, that tiny however focused nation, got rid of malaria in 1973 and has actually tried to get nations interested in the procedure. For some years now, Cuba has actually had a plan to eliminate malaria not just in Nigeria, however the entire West African region. After numerous hold-ups and obstacles, Cuba and the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, in 2012 signed an arrangement to eradicate malaria in 3 years.
So in 2021, what the Health Minister should be telling Nigerians is not about seeking enormous amounts to handle malaria, but what has occurred to the inexpensive and promising ECOWAS-Cuba initiative?