Nigeria is a hotbed for malaria, accounting for up to 25 percent of the global malaria cases and deaths, according to the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Malaria life cycle/CDC
Malaria life cycle/CDC

In fact, the News Agency of Nigeria reports malaria was responsible for the loss of life of 4.3 million people in the country.

In Lagos, the country’s most populous city, in fact, Africa’s largest city with an estimated 21 million people, 1.2 million malaria cases were reported last year.

Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris said the state recorded 1,199,002 cases in 2016.

“About 93 per cent of confirmed cases received appropriate treatment for malaria and 74 per cent of persons with fever received a parasitological test. “These statistics show there is still a lot to be done to increase access to malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment services in the state,’’ he said.

However, not everyone is being treated for malaria properly. Apparently, Vitamin C and 7-up is being used as malaria treatment?

Well, for self -treatment…

Prof. Catherine Falade, a malariaologist and expert in pharmacology and therapeutics, has cautioned  Nigerians and community health officials against the use of Vitamin C and 7-up in treating malaria.

“Nigerians and community healthcare officials should not use it to treat malaria as it cannot cure malaria.”

Falade, who is also a lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, said reports from a survey on effective treatment of malaria at the grassroots revealed that many patients and community healthcare givers were guilty of the self-medication.

Artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) has become the standard treatment of uncomplicated malaria, according to the NCDC.

An estimated 3.2 billion people worldwide are at risk for malaria

• In 2015, 95 countries and territories had ongoing malaria transmission

• In 2015 alone, there were an estimated 214 million new cases of malaria and 438,000 deaths (WHO 2015)

• Sub-Saharan Africa carries a disproportionately high share of the global malaria burden. In 2015, the region was home to 88% of malaria cases and 90% of malaria deaths, globally.