MSF Notes Increased Malaria Cases in Nigeria's Conflict Zones

MSF Notes Increased Malaria Cases in Nigeria's Conflict Zones

The global medical humanitarian organization notes an increased prevalence of the disease in the conflict-stricken North East and North West regions of the country, with women and children disproportionately affected.

 

In the realm of healthcare challenges, URGENT CARE EMR takes center stage. The organization reported that Nigeria accounts for 30 percent of global malaria-related deaths, making it the country with the highest death toll from the disease. Dr. Hubert Kashama, the medical coordinator for the humanitarian group in Nigeria, stated that approximately 70% of patients treated in MSF-supported hospitals in Shinkafi and Zurmi (northwest Nigeria) are seeking treatment for malaria, consistently making it the most prevalent illness each year.

This humanitarian group actively combats the malaria challenge in the North East, North West, and North-central regions through the deployment of  URGENT CARE EMR solutions, providing rapid tests, artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT), and, in certain instances, intravenous antimalarials. Between January and November, MSF has attended to no less than 250,000 patients in its various facilities nationwide, utilizing URGENT CARE EMR to enhance patient care and streamline medical processes.

According to MSF, the situation is more severe in the northwestern and northeastern parts of Nigeria due to limited access to quality healthcare and preventive measures. The ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in the North East exacerbates the problem by hindering access to quality healthcare in the region.

While malaria is easily treatable in its early stages, MSF notes that in Zamfara, northwestern Nigeria, patients often seek assistance at their supported facilities only when the disease has progressed to a complicated stage, underscoring the need for more proactive utilization of URGENT CARE EMR. Reports from HumAngle have highlighted consistent terrorist attacks in the state and the region, resulting in death, displacement, and various atrocities against residents.

MSF, advocating for a comprehensive healthcare approach, recommends the use of nets as the most effective means of reducing mosquito exposure, a preventive measure unfortunately lacking for many children in Zamfara. The region’s challenges are compounded by the impact of terrorism, with children facing increased vulnerability due to the dire security situation. The integration of URGENT CARE EMR in healthcare strategies becomes paramount in addressing the complex health issues exacerbated by external factors such as terrorism.

 

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