Malaria is a problem in my area and the district and country-at –large has acknowledged it as a problem and they’re working to reduce and hopefully eliminate the burden.
If you go to any health center in the area you will be astonished at the high volume of Malaria cases, if you look closer you’ll see the numbers for clinical Malaria far exceed confirmed Malaria cases. Clinical malaria is diagnosis based on symptoms while confirmed is diagnosis based on the presence of the parasite through a blood test.
Now the symptoms of Malaria are vomiting, nausea, sweating, chills, aches in joints…to name a few. Off the top of your head how many diseases can you name that start off like this? Can you see the issue with diagnosing Malaria based on symptoms? Can you guess how often we’re taking or prescribing medication to fight a disease that’s not even there?
Recently the district has been able to get Rapid-Diagnostic Test (RDTs) in all the health facilities. This means that with a small blood sample we can test for Malaria. This will improve greatly the ability to correctly diagnose and treat diseases. This will improve our statistics so we more accurately know the burden of Malaria in the area.
I kinda went off on a tangent. Sarah, Rachel and I attended the District’s Malaria day on the actual WMD April 25th. And it was amazing. They set up a mobile clinic and were able to give tests to community members feeling unwell.
Here’s some photos from the day.
*Note: Pamoja tuendelee kuangamuza Malaria = Together we can continue to defeat/destroy Malaria.