Preventing The Outbreaks Of Strange Diseases In Nigeria,
A Closer Look At Ned Nwoko Mosquito Control Initiative.
By Iroroh Frank
In past couple of days, the social media ecosystem in Delta State has been awashed with chilling reports of a strange disease, killing youths in parts of the State. According to the reports, close to 40 youths of ages 18 to 25, have lost their lives to the strange disease. (May their soul rest in peace).
Another report from the state ministry of health, identified the strange disease to be Yellow Fever.
This outbreak calls for serious concern because yellow fever is one of the viral diseases that is supposed to have been eradicated globally by WHO mass vaccination – immunisation programs, long ago. The disease is very uncommon in Nigeria.
So where did this outbreak comes from?
Yellow fever is a viral disease transmitted by female Aedes aegypti mosquito.
My intention is not to dive into the misery behind disease transmissions and outbreaks but to to draw attentions to similar diseases transmitted by mosquitoes which are found in our environment and to suggest ways to prevent further outbreaks of these diseases in future.
Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world, they come in different species and are the cause of millions of deaths every year in mostly African countries. Their ability to vector and spread disease to humans placed mosquitoes as major causes of pains, sufferings, illnesses, bankruptcy and deaths among Africans, every year.
Here are some few deadly diseases transmitted by Mosquitoes.
1. Malaria Fever,
Malaria Fever is the most notorious parasitic disease transmitted by the female Anopheles Mosquito, it is very lethal with high mortality and fatality rate among pregnant women and children.
2. Yellow Fever.
Yellow Fever is a virus disease transmitted by female Aedes aegypti mosquito, as can been seen in the recent outbreak in Delta State, the disease has a very high mortality rate.
3. Dengue Fever
Dengue Fever is another deadly virus disease transmitted by the female Aedes aegypti mosquito,
4. Chikungunya virus
Chikungunya is a virus disease transmitted by the female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes
5. Zika fever.
Zika fever is another virus disease transmitted by the Female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.
6. West Nile virus.
WNV is also among the deadly viral disease transmitted by the female Culex mosquito.
All these species of mosquito abound in Africa, they vector the aforementioned diseases which may sound strange to some of us, but they exist in our environment, locking around us and looking for any available opportunity to flip into the human population.
While there is a vaccine for yellow fever, Dengue Zika, Chikungunya, West Nile flu and malaria parasite have no effective vaccines.
The only viable ways to effectively manage them is to keep them at bay, prevent them from jumping into the human population. This is done through environmental sanitation, getting ride of every possible breeding places of mosquitoes in our surroundings.
In Nigeria environmental clean up are conducted monthly by the various States. However the exercise is haphazardly done with high display of lackadaisical attitude towards the exercise by citizens. There are no thorough monitoring and supervision of the exercise, hence high incidence of mosquito infectious diseases and of course outbreaks of rare mosquito borne diseases in the country.
This is why the mosquito control initiatives proposed by Hon Prince Ned Nwoko as part of his malaria eradication project, should draw the attention of all and sundry and be supported by every Nigerian, including governments at all levels in the country.
The proposal calls for a nationwide lockdown similar to the Covid-19 lockdown, but this time around, purposely for a far reaching and comprehensive environmental clean up exercise, which according to him should executed simultaneously in every household, every communities, Local Government Areas and States across the country and which will involved everybody, clearing and cleaning up evey part of their surroundings, getting ride of dirt, stagnant water in gutters, culverts, ponds and cans, broken bottles, calabash etc, plus fumigation of marsh lands, river banks and every mosquito breeding places around the country.
He proposed that the exercise be repeated for several times to completely kick mosquitoes out of Nigeria for good, as was done in other mosquitoes free countries around the world. This is a novel initiative and if executed religiously, will help to check the high incidence of malaria infections in the country and help reduce pains, sufferings, illnesses, financial losses and deaths amongst the citizens. It will help to contain any possible outbreaks of strange mosquito borne diseases in our communities with associated mass deaths.
There is no time to waste, this is the time to key into the audacious initiatives of Hon Prince Ned Nwoko, to free our country from deadly mosquito borne diseases.
Keeping citizens safe is a key fundamental function of governments and self preservation is the first principle of survival, so get fired up for this patriotic duty. Let’s get ride of dirt, mosquitoes and strange deadly diseases in Nigeria.
Sign up for Ned Nwoko malaria eradication project.
Keep clean! Keep mosquitoes at bay! keep safe!