The Federal Government said Nigerians are fond of abusing anti-malaria drugs.
The National Malaria Technical Director at the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) of the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Olugbenga Mokuolu, stated this on Wednesday at the 37th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Conference of the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) in Abuja.
Mokuolu said following estimation about 53 million episodes of malaria occur yearly, adding that Nigerians consumed anti-malaria drugs more than twice the malaria episodes because of lack of testing.
“Ordinarily, it is estimated that about 53 million episodes of malaria occur in Nigeria each year. However, our data also shows that more than twice this amount of anti-malarial are consumed in the country annually.
“If you look at the cost of that, it means that we are consuming so much anti-malaria in excess of the quantity of malaria that we have. The reason why this is happening is because we are not testing enough. There is inadequate testing, and when there is inadequate testing, in addition to wasting our resources on medications that are not necessary, we also have the danger of not recognising other conditions that are not due to malaria,” he said.