The Ifakara Health Institute (IHI), in collaboration with the National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR), plans to announce test results of a research on malaria vaccination after its completion before the end of this year.
This was revealed by IHI senior research scientist Dr Rosa Nathan in an interview with this paper yesterday in Dar es Salaam, where she discussed efforts being made to eradicate malaria in the country.
The IHI research centre is located in Bagamoyo district while the NIMR centre is located in Korogwe, Tanga. According to the institutions’ specialists, the research was being finalised.
Dr Nathan said that mosquito nets were not enough in the campaign to eradicate malaria in the country.
She noted that the vaccination would be at first applied on children of less than five years of age and they would be provided soon after birth as done for polio.
“The government, in collaborating with different health institutions, must work together to pool efforts to get extra initiatives to help eradicate the disease,” she commented.
She added that the institution had been conducting different researches that help in providing initiative to the government to point out that malaria vaccination would be the best among the ways of curing and preventing malaria.
Dr Nathan said that some people had negative perception that medical treatments when introduced to them complaining that they had been with effects in their health, something which she noted wasn’t true at all.
She said that some people had been afraid with the mosquito nets that were being given to them freely as one of the government ways to prevent malaria for.
Dr Nathan proved that the nets had been passed to various stages from where they had been manufactured and the government, through its regulatory authorities, has proved safe for human usage.
“Mosquito nets given to the people are good and have been proven by the Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA),” she said.
National Malaria Controlling Program (NMCP) Communication and Marketing officer Godfrey Kalago urged people not have bad perception on the nets distributed by the government.
He argued that some people were allergic to the nets, but that didn’t mean that the nets were harmful to their health.
“Allergy of some people to the mosquito nets should not deter others from using them because they are effective,” Kalago said.