FOROYAA Newspaper (Serrekunda)

31 October 2012

Gambia: Is Malaria On the Rise Again?

We are beginning to wonder what the life expectancy of the Gambia is as news of funerals in our neighborhoods increase to disturbing proportions.

Since news spread that HIV/AIDS is curable, there is less campaign on prevention and many people are not motivated to do voluntary testing or take anti-retroviral drugs to save lives.

We are also told that because of the monthly cleansing exercise, Malaria infections have dropped. The fact remains that many people are beginning to be treated for malaria for more than four times in a year.

There is need to utilize both the public and private media to begin a determined effort to educate the public on the ways to escape infection and get speedy treatment.

Just do a lay person's enquiry in your own neighbourhood on the prevalence of malaria infections, many will tell you that they are more vulnerable today than ever before. Many people are in a poor state of health. Some are giving up hospital treatment and are turning to herbs they call Doctor Never Die and so on and so forth.

Foroyaa will start its own awareness campaign by interviewing experts on the subject, review accessibility to voluntary testing on HIV/AIDS and anti retroviral drugs as treated bed nets and anti malarial drugs.

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