World Malaria Day: 200 Destitute Enjoy Free Medical Diagnosis in Kaduna
Medical Health Practitioners across Nigeria have joined the rest of the world in celebrating World International Malaria Day, offering free medical health diagnosis services to over 200 physically challenged person, with the aims of eliminating mosquitos’ virus at home and their surroundings.
The team of doctors and nurses from the school of health science, Kaduna, headed by Hajiya Maryam Abubakar, arrived at the Destitute Home at Kano Road, Kaduna state Saturday morning, in order to diagnose diseases related to malaria to all the street beggars living in the house, and gave them Anti-malaria drugs with mosquito nets to reduce the threat of malaria in their environment.
Series of tests were conducted freely to all the less-privileged persons living at the premises to mark the International Malaria Day, which include with, “Blood Pressure, Malaria Test, Typhoid Test, and distribution of free Treated Mosquito Nets and Anti-malaria drugs to women and children as well as elderly disabled persons.
The leader of the delegate, Hajiya Maryam, said mosquito-borne diseases are major cause of illnesses and deaths worldwide, adding that only advances in research and tools to fight malaria will help transform how people could combat other infectious diseases – like Zika Virus, Malaria, Black flies, Tsetse flies and other dangerous flies surrounding our environment.
Maryam said, “In this year’s celebration, we selected disabled persons because of the daily challenges they face,” adding that, “we felt that they are the most neglected persons in the society, and they don’t usually go for any medical health diagnosis due to poverty and lack of awareness, and no concern by both the government and the civil societies with low activities of non-governmental organizations towards them.
“The theme for 2016 titled, ‘End Malaria For Good,’ was chosen following the great progress made under the Millennium Development Goals, its importance and the need to build on this success to end malaria for good under the Sustainable Development Goals.”
It added that, “Eliminating malaria will make the world a better and safer place for future generations and enable millions of people to reach their full potentials, and this will help the world in reducing all related diseases associated with dangerous flies surrounding our communities.”
Majority of the physically-challenged persons in Nigeria don’t usually go for medical check-up or any health diagnosis; as such, this really contributes in making many of them die with ill-related diseases like malaria, typhoid, cholera and other communicable diseases.
Hajiya Maryam said, ending malaria transmission will increase the quality of life of millions of people and free up resources that are currently being used to fight the disease, and investing in the malaria fight is one of the best buys in global health.
According to her, “Malaria fight is one of the most inspiring global health stories of our time, and working together with endemic countries, donors, organizations, and communities to reach millions of people with effective tools, diagnosis, and treatment,” and called on all Philanthropist, federal and state government, NGOs and development partners to redouble efforts in the fight against the spread of malaria through routine immunization.
Responding on behalf of the destitute union, Mallam Muntari Saleh, who is the spokesman of Northern Blind Forum in Nigeria, said, this is the first of its kind in the history of Nigeria for someone to think of diagnosing them for their health matters and counselling them on serious issues surrounding their lives.
Muntari said, “We have many children and women among us, but no one cares to know the health challenges that is disturbing our lives. We were being neglected in the society, and that is why we are calling on the federal government and NGOs with Civil Society Organizations to be helping us through educating and sensitizing us on all issues related to human development,” he said, adding that, “we really felt delighted and joy over the assistance given to us by those volunteer doctors and health workers that really visited us today.”