Complementing Malaria Treatment Efforts among Children in Nigeria: A Focus on Adequate Nutrition
International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Volume 2, Issue 4, July 2013, Pages: 213-216
Received: Jul. 9, 2013; Published: Aug. 10, 2013
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G. O. Ayenigbara, Science and Technical Education Department, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria
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Malaria is by far the most important cause of morbidity and mortality among infants and young children, many of who are also victims of malnutrition, in Nigeria. Malaria is also responsible for a large proportion of neonatal and perinatal mortality. In addition, malaria causes anaemia in children, and undermine their growth and development, and also responsible for low birth weight among infants due to its effects on the foetus, as a result of infection of pregnant mothers in the developing nations, including Nigeria. Malaria is an endemic health problem in Nigeria, and experts affirmed that the co-existence of malnutrition and malaria infection vastly increases the severity of both .Malaria treatment and eradication, particularly among children, is fast becoming a lost battle in Nigeria. This paper therefore recommended the complementary roles of adequate nutrition along with potent drugs use, in malaria treatment for children in Nigeria.
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Malnutrition, Malaria, Anopheles, Children, Nutrients, Water
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G. O. Ayenigbara, Complementing Malaria Treatment Efforts among Children in Nigeria: A Focus on Adequate Nutrition, International Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Vol. 2, No. 4, 2013, pp. 213-216. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20130204.19
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