There are two main seasons in Ghana namely the dry and the wet season which comprises the harmattan and the rainy season respectively.
During the rainy season, there is a heavy downpour which causes the high breed of mosquitoes, an insect which carries plasmodium, a genus of parasitic protozoa, many of which cause malaria in their hosts.
In an interview with a medical doctor, he said the malaria parasite is a number one killer in the country and it takes lots of lives every year if not treated within a specific period of time which is within 14 days. If an individual has visited or lived in an area where malaria is endemic and subsequently develops a headache, high fever that comes and goes, fatigue, body aches, and/or shaking chills and cough, he or she should seek immediate medical attention. Patients should tell medical caregivers how long they have been seeing those signs. This will help the medical caregivers to order appropriate tests to confirm malaria. He said on the average, 30,300 cases of such are seen each day in the country’s health facilities.
He also said that this season has exacerbated the spread of the disease and also advised Ghanaians to avoid habits that will lead to the high spread of the disease.
Story By: Alex Abordzi