Top 10 Things The World Health Organization Can Do To Curb Plasmodium Vivax in Africa.2 min read


The World Health Organization established in 1948 in Geneva, Switzerland is the UN specialized body that is saddled with the responsibilities of maintaining public health across the world. When it comes to helping in coordination and directing resources to prevent or halt some of the deadly diseases globally, the World Health Organization has undoubtedly played a vital role. The WHO has succeeded in reducing the prevalence of tuberculosis in Europe, Asia and Africa. Typhoid Fever for example caused by Salmonella Typhi ingested through contaminated food and water was halted through the vigorous engagement of WHO with pharmaceutical companies that helped produced vaccines that controlled the typhoid fever outbreak across several parts of the world.

The transmission of Plasmodium Vivax by the female anopheles mosquitoes that causes malaria is an important public health issue that the WHO should also pay much attention to. Malaria alone has been estimated to kill over 50 Million people in the past decade making it unarguably by far the most deadly disease in the world. Unlike the Typhoid fever, Plasmodium Vivax is a pathogen transmitted by a special kind of mosquitoes called the Anopheles mosquito and the Plasmodium falciparum is perhaps the deadliest type of Plasmodium transmitted by these species of mosquitoes that causes Malaria. Even though drugs are available to treat Malaria, these are the top seven (7) things the World Health Organization must do to curb or totally eradicate this disease in Africa and other part of the world been ravaged by Malaria.
1. Unlike HIV/AIDS, Lyme disease and Typhoid fever that have received wider sensitization, little has been done to educate people about the causes, prevention and treatment of Malaria. The WHO can ensure that more publicity is done to sensitized people about the causes of this killer disease.
2. Intense clinical research to produce Malaria vaccine should be championed by the WHO with more pharmaceutical companies given the financial and moral support they need to produce these vaccines.

3. Most malaria drugs like Chloroquine is out of use. These drugs cannot completely destroy the life cycle of the malaria pathogen. The World Health Organization can collaborate with renowned medical colleges, research institutions and clinical facilities around the world to come up with more potent drugs that can completely destroy the new kind of mutant mosquito parasites.
4. The WHO in collaboration with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention should ensure strict policies are put in place to enhance the monitoring and screening of passengers, goods and services that travel across countries at airports, seaports and other entry points.
5. Preventive healthcare in hospitals and other health institutions should be prioritized.
6. The distribution of Antimalarial medication should be monitored globally to prevent the movement of fake Antimalarial drugs.
7. Like Doxycycline, Antimalarial medication should be properly tasted before recommended for human consumption to avoid side effects has been noticed by most over the counter Antimalarial drugs.

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