Warnings over malaria risk during Christmas period

A public health body is calling for greater awareness of malaria after 60 cases were reported in the borough.

The Public Health England group African Diaspora for Action Against Malaria (ADAAM) is calling for greater awareness of the disease among African communities in North West London.

In 2012 there were 60 cases of malaria in Harrow and for the whole of North West London there were nearly 100.

People are being urged to protect themselves before going away to visit their family in Africa.

Dr Yimmy Chow, director of PHE’s North West London health protection team, said: “Malaria is a preventable disease, so it’s concerning that we continue to see cases in people from North West London who have travelled abroad.

“This Christmas, as people make plans to visit family and friends in parts of the world affected by malaria, it is important for people to be aware of the risks of the disease, which is potentially life-threatening.”

ADAAM co-ordinator Ralph Tanyi said: “Our advice is that people should not take any risks with their health and should speak to their doctor about medication to prevent malaria, no matter how short the trip.”

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2:09pm Fri 13 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

This is disturbing news.Many may not realise that it is not just people travelling to Africa and back but also to other destinations such as India and other countries could also be affected similarly by MALARIA.This is not limited to the African diaspora.

The fever can be quite debilitating and effects not at all pleasant.Malaria can be life-threatening.

It would be an excellent idea if GPs,clinics and hospitals alerted patients about this.Notices on school boards to alert parents about this may also help though we are about to hit the holidays.

Libraries are also a good place to leave these information leaflets.Perhaps Churches holding special Christmas Services may also join in and help.

Please contact your GP and ask about MALARIA PREVENTION.They have all the information and tablets can be prescribed.Please don't leave this to the last minute.You need to do this at least three weeks prior to going abroad.

It's possible you may need other vaccines/injections such as yellow fever etc depending where you may be going for your holidays.

Remember,PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.I am sure we all want to enjoy our holidays to the fullest and not suffer the ravages of Malaria or any other illness.

One more suggestion is to get these messages out to FAITH GROUPS so they may alert their communities about the benefits of taking pills two weeks or so before travelling and for another four weeks --something of that nature--to avoid getting malaria or bringing it back to the UK and spreading this disease.

It is INFECTIOUS so best alert local citizens through your local community publications and at public gatherings during this time of festivity.

COMMUNITY RADIO could also help deliver these messages as they do for our Crime prevention and even have a doctor present to make it inter-active.Perhaps RADIO NORTHWICK PARK may join in and assist.

The Department for Tropical diseases are bound to have literature which can be accessed and easily disseminated.Some pamphlets might be left in our Town Centre for people to access.I am sure there are loads more suggestions which you can offer.

Northwick Park Hospital has an INFECTIOUS DISEASES WARD and could help signpost people.They also deal with another problem we grapple with locally Tubercolosis---TB .

We need awareness raising of all these PREVENTABLE infectious diseases which can be unwittingly brought in by unsuspecting hosts as they return from their winter holidays in exotic destinations all over the world.

Harrovians must take some responsibility to prevent themselves from falling prey to infectious diseases and also to not helping them spread by taking prompt preventive action.See your GP!!

WISH YOU ALL A SAFE CHRISTMAS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.God bless.
This is disturbing news.Many may not realise that it is not just people travelling to Africa and back but also to other destinations such as India and other countries could also be affected similarly by MALARIA.This is not limited to the African diaspora. The fever can be quite debilitating and effects not at all pleasant.Malaria can be life-threatening. It would be an excellent idea if GPs,clinics and hospitals alerted patients about this.Notices on school boards to alert parents about this may also help though we are about to hit the holidays. Libraries are also a good place to leave these information leaflets.Perhaps Churches holding special Christmas Services may also join in and help. Please contact your GP and ask about MALARIA PREVENTION.They have all the information and tablets can be prescribed.Please don't leave this to the last minute.You need to do this at least three weeks prior to going abroad. It's possible you may need other vaccines/injections such as yellow fever etc depending where you may be going for your holidays. Remember,PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE.I am sure we all want to enjoy our holidays to the fullest and not suffer the ravages of Malaria or any other illness. One more suggestion is to get these messages out to FAITH GROUPS so they may alert their communities about the benefits of taking pills two weeks or so before travelling and for another four weeks --something of that nature--to avoid getting malaria or bringing it back to the UK and spreading this disease. It is INFECTIOUS so best alert local citizens through your local community publications and at public gatherings during this time of festivity. COMMUNITY RADIO could also help deliver these messages as they do for our Crime prevention and even have a doctor present to make it inter-active.Perhaps RADIO NORTHWICK PARK may join in and assist. The Department for Tropical diseases are bound to have literature which can be accessed and easily disseminated.Some pamphlets might be left in our Town Centre for people to access.I am sure there are loads more suggestions which you can offer. Northwick Park Hospital has an INFECTIOUS DISEASES WARD and could help signpost people.They also deal with another problem we grapple with locally Tubercolosis---TB . We need awareness raising of all these PREVENTABLE infectious diseases which can be unwittingly brought in by unsuspecting hosts as they return from their winter holidays in exotic destinations all over the world. Harrovians must take some responsibility to prevent themselves from falling prey to infectious diseases and also to not helping them spread by taking prompt preventive action.See your GP!! WISH YOU ALL A SAFE CHRISTMAS AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR.God bless. Sonoo Malkani

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