The Coordinator of Malaria Control Programme in Jigawa, Malam Bilya Haruna has appealed to residents of the state to endeavor to maintain an environment free of stagnant water.
The Malaria control coordinator said will reduce contact with malaria-causing mosquitoes.
Haruna gave made the appeal while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria.
Speaking further, he said the appeal became necessary due to the high number of stagnant water in the environment during this raining season, adding that stagnant water serves as a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
He, therefore advised the people, especially those living in the rural area to practice the culture of keeping the environment clean and free of stagnant water.
”Stagnant water serves as a breeding site for mosquitoes that cause malaria.
“Any water that remains stagnant for one to two days can serve as a breeding site for mosquitoes.
”So, people, particularly those in rural areas, must ensure that they keep their environment clean and free from stagnant water,” he said.
Speaking on malaria treatment and medication, he urged people to also avoid self-medication whenever they were ill, particularly with malaria, adding that people should always visit a hospital for tests and treatment for all malaria-related symptoms.
”People usually resort to self-medication whenever they have malaria attacks and such habit usually leads to the death of most malaria patients.
”This is because people patronize local chemists and medical stores and buy anti-malarial drugs without visiting the hospital to seek medical attention from medical doctors.
”They will go to the hospital only when the sickness becomes worse, by the time they will visit the hospital, the sickness must have had serious impact on them.
”So, due to the delay by most patients to seek medical attention from recognized hospitals, some of them end up dying,” the coordinator added.