Doctors Without Borders is all set to begin second phase of distribution of malaria drugs in Sierra Leone. The effort will certainly protect a large number of Ebola patients from Malaria.
Malaria is a life threatening blood disease. Generally, it is transmitted from one person to another through a specific kind of mosquito. The symptoms of malaria arise within seven days of parasite attack. Fever, chills, headache, sweats, fatigue, nausea and vomiting are the major symptoms of the lethal disease.
Surprisingly, the symptoms of Ebola and malaria are quite similar. In Sierra Leone, thousands of patients came to hospitals for the check up of Ebola and diagnosed with malaria. The time duration from the emergence of symptoms and test is extremely stressful for the patients.
Hence, concerned authorities figured out that treating malaria can lessen the burden of the health professionals.
Jonathan Caplan, MSF coordinator for the distribution states that the NGO can play a vital role in fight with Malaria. The move will save a lot of lives in Ebola affected regions. Since, the complete eradication of Malaria will give a clear picture of Ebola. It will allow the health workers to put all their concentration on Ebola.
This is not the first time when MSF carried out an extensive delivery of malaria treatment. Earlier, the French founded NGO have distributed nearly 1.5 million malaria drugs and vaccine in Sierra Leone.