Doctors faulted on malaria treatment

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Nigerian doctors are treating malaria without carrying out key tests, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has said.

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The agency’s Country Director, Michael Harvey, in Abuja on Wednesday expressed his dismay at the trend.

Harvey said, “Too many medical professionals are still treating without testing. This is easy to fix but the men and women need to be taught about changing that culture in the Nigerian medical professional.”

He condemned doctors who prescribe Chloroquine to treat malaria despite the global ban on the drug.

His word, “Secondly, we are not treating malaria properly. I am surprised to find that when you travel around Nigeria, Chloroquine is readily available and too readily prescribed as treatment for malaria. This is a major public policy we have to get on top of. We are still producing Chloroquine in Nigeria, a drug that has no benefit, either for malaria or any other use.”

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