Measures to combat the spread of drug resistant malaria

Show simple item record Neequaye, A.R. 2019-11-04T17:11:15Z 2019-11-04T17:11:15Z 1989-12
dc.description Journal Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Factors that may affect the morbidity and mortality of malaria in endemic areas include transmission, immunity, drug treatment and drug resistance. With the recent demonstration of chloroquine resistance and some amodiaquine resistance of malarial parasites in Accra, one would expect a significant increase in morbidity and mortality. This is because transmission rales remain high in almost all parts of this country as we have no effective vector or mosquito control programme. Drug pressure on the malarial parasites is also high favouring selection of resistant strains. How can we combat and minimise the effects of the spread of resistant malaria parasites in this country? I think we must look at both transmission and treatment modalities with particular reference to our socia-economic resources. Reduction of drug pressure by prevention or reduction in transmission should be one of the major concerns of the malaria control programme. Widescale vector control by spraying is no longer feasible because of costs and environmental considerations such as resistance of mosquitoes to insecticides, so the old fashion methods of prevention should be stressed. Measures to reduce the breeding sites for the mosquitoes include clearing garbage and draining stagnant pools. On a wider scale draining of swamps and ponds can be done. Fish can be introduced into larger ponds to cat the eggs and larvae of mosquitoes as had been done in China. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Ghana Medical Journal en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 23;4
dc.subject morbidity and mortality en_US
dc.subject socia-economic resources en_US
dc.subject drug resistance en_US
dc.subject Ghana en_US
dc.title Measures to combat the spread of drug resistant malaria en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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