Hel­ping to keep ma­la­ria at bay

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

No­vem­ber 6 was se­ve­r­al ye­ars ago set asi­de to com­me­mo­ra­te Ma­la­ria Day in the Ame­ri­cas. The in­tent of this day is to pro­mo­te awa­re­ness and re­cog­ni­ze ef­forts that ha­ve been ma­de and tho­se that are still being ma­de to re­du­ce the pre­va­len­ce of ma­la­ria – a mosqui­to-bor­ne in­fec­tious di­sea­se.

Ma­la­ria is dee­med by ma­ny he­ath sec­tors in the Ame­ri­cas, Gu­y­a­na’s in­clu­ded, as per­haps the vi­lest of mosquito­trans­mit­ted di­sea­ses, sin­ce it has the po­ten­ti­al of clai­ming an unt­old amount of li­ves if left unat­ten­ded.

The World He­alth Or­ga­ni­sa­ti­on (WHO) has long es­ta­blis­hed that ma­la­ria is a li­fe­th­re­a­tening di­sea­se cau­sed by pa­ra­si­tes that are trans­mit­ted to pe­o­p­le through the bi­tes of in­fec­ted fe­ma­le Anop­he­les mosqui­toes. But the ear­ly sympt­oms of the di­sea­se such as fe­ver, he­a­d­a­che, chills and vo­mi­ting could be mild, and the­re­fo­re at ti­mes dif­fi­cult to re­cog­ni­se, even by he­alth wor­kers trai­ned to do so. Ba­sed on in­for­ma­ti­on from the WHO, in 2015 the­re we­re 95 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries that had on­go­ing ma­la­ria trans­mis­si­on, thus re­sul­ting in a si­tu­a­ti­on whe­re­by 3.2 bil­li­on pe­o­p­le – al­most half of the world’s po­pu­la­ti­on – we­re at risk of ma­la­ria. If not tre­a­ted within 24 hours, Plas­mo­di­um Fal­ci­pa­rum or P. Fal­ci­pa­rum, one of the known pa­ra­si­tes that cau­se ma­la­ria in hu­man beings, can pro­gress to se­ve­re ill­ness of­ten lea­ding to de­ath. But ma­la­ria is very pre­ven­ta­ble and cu­ra­ble, ac­cor­ding to the WHO.

Mo­re­over, the lo­cal he­alth sec­tor has not left this di­sea­se to roam ram­pant. In fact, me­a­su­res are con­ti­nu­al­ly being de­ri­ved to im­pro­ve the ma­la­ria fight. But the num­ber of ca­ses being re­por­ted to­day by the Vec­tor Con­trol Ser­vi­ces Unit of the Mi­ni­stry of Pu­blic He­alth is still far too ma­ny. Ho­we­ver, Gu­y­a­na will be well on its way to true suc­cess in the ma­la­ria fight when en­de­mic are­as – Re­gi­ons One, Se­ven, Eight, Ni­ne, and to a les­ser ex­tent 10 – re­port no mo­re than 30 ca­ses per month. This is the ho­pe of so­me­o­ne who has been in the fo­re­front of the ma­la­ria fight for ma­ny ye­ars – Mr. Keith Moo­re. Ac­cor­ding to Moo­re, cur­rent­ly ca­ses are re­por­ted in the thou­sands. Alt­hough Moo­re was a me­re young man with an unclear plan for his fu­tu­re when he first joi­ned the He­alth Mi­ni­stry’s ma­la­ria pro­gram ma­ny ye­ars ago, to­day he is a sep­tu­a­ge­na­ri­an with vast ex­pe­rien­ce and im­men­se ho­pe that Gu­y­a­na will one day be ab­le to era­di­ca­te ma­la­ria al­to­gether.

It is not at all sur­pri­sing that be­cau­se of his in-depth know­led­ge of com­ba­ting the di­sea­se, the he­alth sec­tor is even to­day see­king af­ter his ex­per­ti­se. In fact it is for this very rea­son that Moo­re is being re­cog­ni­zed as a ‘Spe­ci­al Per­son’ on an aus­pi­cious day set asi­de to re­cog­ni­ze the gains ma­de in the fight against ma­la­ria. He has been in­stru­men­tal in hel­ping to set up a num­ber of pro­gram to re­du­ce the ca­ses of ma­la­ria. Even to­day he has the pas­si­on to con­ti­nue to sa­ve li­ves. He re­cent­ly com­ple­ted an un­tain­ted ma­la­ria coo­r­di­na­ting stint with Glo­bal Fund, and is al­rea­dy pre­pa­ring to del­ve in­to yet ano­ther with the Mi­ni­stry of Pu­blic He­alth to con­ti­nue his ma­la­ria figh­ting crus­a­de. (Kai­e­teur news)

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