Every year, April 25 is commemorated as World Malaria Day and the theme for 2017 is – Let’s End Malaria For Good. Earlier today, I was fortunate to be at the U.S Consulate in Lagos to commemorate world malaria day. Here are the highlights –
The U.S Consulate welcomed children from some primary schools in Lagos For a book reading session and we all read a malaria comic titled Legend Of The 4 Captains by Olumayowa Salu, who is a Mandela Washington fellow and founder of Iba Foundation.
The malaria comic book helps children understand the symptoms of malaria and above all, its prevention and treatment. The book reading was conducted by the U.S consular General in Lagos, John Bray and the Public Affairs Officer, Darcy Zotter.
Olumayowa while giving his speech, explained why he decided to put together a comic book: He grew up at Bariga in Lagos state and battled malaria for two years while he was still a child.
Parents andguardians, please note that it is important to –
- use insecticide treated nets.
- close doors and windows when using
- keep drainagges andwastebins clear and
- avoid self medication. See your doctor whenever you feel sick.
You can read the malaria comic book here and also read habits children need to imbibe before the age or 5 here. Listen to excerpts from the book reading session on malaria. We had a good laugh too. Enjoy!
As a parent or guardian, how have you been able to combat malaria? Do share your thoughts by dropping a comment in the box below. Do not forget to listen to the audio and share with your friends too.