The need for students to step up the fight against malaria in Cameroon has been reiterated at the Advanced School of Mass Communication (ASMAC). This was during a conference organized on the sideline of activities marking the 12th edition, of the World Malaria Day celebrated on April 25 under the theme “Zero malaria starts with me”.
A month ago, due to a severe case of malaria, Eyenga Denise level one corporate communication student at ASMAC, was hospitalized at the Yaoundé General hospital.
After rigorously following her treatment, she won the fight against malaria.
A banner on campus announcing the Red Cross Club was organizing a conference to raise awareness on how to prevent and eliminate malaria rekindled her interest in knowing more about, “what almost took my life away”.
The young lady braved the torrential rain, making her way into the B1 Hall of ASMAC at 4:10p.m just in time, the conference started.
Like her mates, while taking down notes on her agenda, she listens keenly to the exposé delivered by the two panelists seated on the main table.
“People should differentiate between malaria fever and typhoid fever. Malaria medications are prescribed according to the gravity of the case. Simple Malaria is determined by symptoms such as headache, muscular pains and fever. Meanwhile severe malaria is determined by severe fever, prostration, or the urine having a coca-cola color or even coma” Doctor Stephane Tezong, staff at the Yaoundé Central Hospital explains.
For each of the above mentioned symptoms, patients should be given appropriate medication prescribed by a certified medical doctor.
“For example, traditional concoctions do heal malaria, but if not well manufactured or if taken inappropriately, they can later on develop complications in their systems” Stephane argued.
Chief of Service in charge of the eradication of malaria at the Ministry of Public Health, Dr. Germaine Ekoyol, reiterated that treated mosquito net MILDA is the “easiest, simplest, healthiest and less costly way to prevent mosquitoes having the plasmodium to get in touch with humans at sleep”.
Both panelists agreed on the help of internal and external actors which has led to the drop of malaria cases in Cameroon. “It now stand at 3%. Malaria can’t be combatted only by health practitioners, it is a global fight”, Ekoyol added.
The conference organized by the entire team of the Red Cross Club of ASMAC headed by Fomekon Saha Valdes featured the performance of the ASMAC choir.
It was moderated by Dr. Collette Djadeu and attended among others by Serge Espoir Matomba politician, and some presidents of Red Cross Clubs from other institutions.
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