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Between COVID-19 & Malaria – NCDC Boss

The viral video made by Chief Raymond Dokpesi about the treatment he got while he was being treated for Covid-19 when he was treated positive. In a widespread video om social media, he gave an illustration how he was being treated with normal malaria drugs which he simply feels that he was only tested positive for malaria and not Covid-19.

In response to his claim, the NCDC reply by saying this:

”I think we all know COVID-19 is a respiratory illness caused by a virus, Malaria is caused by a parasite. They are completely different diseases.

However, many diseases present exactly the same way in the beginning, Yellow fever presents the same way with fever at the beginning, Lassa the same way, malaria the same way.

So, the initial presentation of a febrille illness is similar across diseases. There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 so what clinicians do is to manage your symtoms so that your body recovers as quickly as possible.

You can have Malaria and COVID-19. That you have COVID-19 doesn’t prevent you from having Malaria and if you are in a hospital for one month, you could definitely be co-infected by both of them.

So there are many reasons why people receive similar treatments but they are two completely different diseases with different pathogenesis.”

-Dr Chikwe Iheakweazu,
Director-General
National Center for Disease Control

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