The Medical Director of Gambo Sawaba General Hospital, Zaria,

Shehu told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Zaria on Saturday that the call became imperative in view of the rising cases of malaria in the country.

The director also advised the people to always ensure a clean and tidy environment to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes in their surroundings.

“I want to advise people to keep a clean and tidy environment, sleep under mosquito nets, fix nets on their windows and use insecticides to prevent mosquito bite.

“Remember, mosquito bite remains a major factor responsible for malaria fever, therefore, there is every need to use all sorts of measures to avoid the bite.

“In the event where somebody falls sick of malaria, he or she should rush to a nearby hospital or clinic for medical attention.

“It is unfortunate that people don’t come to the hospital until they are completely down and when they come, diagnosed and treated, the same sickness resurfaces after some days,’’ Shehu said.

He observed that the disease was defying the normal treatment because it presented itself in different dimensions.

Shehu said that the effect of mosquito bite included contamination of the victim’s blood and to some extent affected the liver.

“I want to appeal to our people to always ensure that they take complete dose of medicine as prescribed by doctors.

“The drugs should be purchased from authentic pharmaceutical shops to avoid fake drugs,” he further advised.

Shehu expressed appreciation to Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State for supplying medicines to designated hospitals for the treatment of malaria.

“I am happy to state that Gambo Sawaba Hospital, Zaria is among those hospitals slated for the treatment of malaria to the public free of charge.

“We thank God, we have collected our consignment from the government and we have given it out to children below five years and aged-persons as directed,” Shehu said.