Thursday, August 18, 2011

Treating malaria locally in Lukwanga

Malaria, a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite has been historically a very serious health problem in Uganda. Currently it accounts for 24-40% of all out patient visits at health facilities and 20% of hospital admissions (Ministry of health Uganda National Malaria Control Policy, 2000).

The common signs and symptoms of simple malaria are fever, headache, joint pains, muscle ache, sweating, vomiting and loss of appetite.

This article represents simple recipes of preparing local herbs for malaria treatment in the rural areas in Uganda.

In most of the rural areas, the first action taken when malaria is suspected is treating the sick person at home. Treating of sick person in most rural homes in Uganda involves the use of traditional medicines. People that normally use these medicines usually do so because it’s cheap and within reach, reducing the consequence of cost and distance. Commonly used traditional herbs include ‘Mululuza” (Vernonia amygodalina), “Neem-tree” (Azedaract indica), “Nyambala butonya” (Callistemon citranatus) and ‘Ekigajji’. All these plants, the most commonly used plant parts are the leaves. Water is the most common solvent and the oral route is the most commonly used.

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