FG to Nigerians: Stop treating malaria without lab test
Nigerians have been encouraged to carry out comprehensive laboratory tests before treating malaria, this is coming from the National Coordinator, National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP), Dr Audu Mohammed.
While being represented by Mr Chukwu Okoronkwo, the Head of Advocacy, Communication and Social Mobilisation, the National Cordinator said it given the high prevalence rate of malaria in Nigeria, it was imperative for patients to carry out appropriate lab tests for any fever noticed.
“Let me re-emphasise that it is critical that Nigerians demand to be tested when they have fever to be sure it is malaria before undergoing treatment with Artemisinin-based Combination Therapy (ACTs) if malaria is confirmed.
“We collaborate with our partners to make ACTs available free to public health facilities in most states of federation.
“Usually, there are two types of tests, microscopy and rapid diagnostic test.
“The test is meant to provide evidence of the malaria parasite in the blood of the patient before he/she can be treated,’ he said.
He said the guidelines of the programme emphasises the importance of high quality microscopy.