Administering antimalarial drugs to children not diagnosed with malaria is drug abuse — Pediatrician
A Paediatric Neurologist, Okunola Olusola, at the weekend, called on parents who administer antimalarial medication drugs to children not diagnosed with malaria, to desist from it.
Olusola, of the Paediatrics Department, University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), cautioned parents against the act, in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.
He added that the best thing for a mother who notices her child has a fever is to take the child to an appropriate health facility, where the child would be properly screened for malaria.
“It is drug abuse and there is a greater chance of the parasite developing resistance to the drugs if it is done regularly.
“So, the best thing for a mother to do is when a child has a fever, the mother should take the child to an appropriate health facility where the child would be properly screened for malaria.
“There are Rapid Diagnostic Test Kits (RDTS) for malaria that will give the result within 10 minutes.
“RDTs assist in the diagnosis of malaria by providing evidence of the presence of malaria parasites in human blood,’’ he said.
The paediatrician said there was nothing wrong for a mother to move around with antimalarial drugs anywhere she went but in administering it, malaria must be proven to be present in the child.
Olusola urged mothers to understand that not all fevers were caused by malaria, stressing that some could be symptoms of teething, catarrh and so on.