Production of Fake Malaria Medications Increasing

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Communicable disease is group of diseases which are considered both infectious and contagious. These diseases have the capability to spread all over a certain locality and afflicts many individuals especially those groups who are considered health risk groups such as the elderly and the young. For these reasons, certain health oriented organizations formulate rules and guidelines on how to deal with these diseases in cases of outbreaks and increase in number of cases happened.

Also, campaign drives, information disseminations and easy access to medications are made extensive and thorough in order for the public to know how to protect themselves from being infected by these communicable diseases and have immediate medical intervention. And Malaria is considered one of the most popular among these communicable diseases.

However, it was noticed by the experts that the problem is more than the malaria itself. The growing problem which the general public must be wary is about the increasing number of fake or low quality malarial drugs which are dispensed in the market, leading to a possible health threat of drug resistance.

Malaria has been infecting many individuals especially those individuals located in the mountainous and humid rain forest where the vector of the disease which is the mosquito usually like to thrive. Experts advise the general public to clean up their surroundings in order to get rid of these mosquitoes which bring the parasite causing malaria. Also, access to the malarial drugs has been made easy in order to give immediate and prompt medical intervention to those individuals affected by the disease, but this now seemed to be a problem.

According to the United States experts, the production of fake and poor in quality malarial medications are boosting the number of individuals affected by the disease to have resistance to the medications, most specifically in Southeast Asia. In fact, it was reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) that resistance to one malarial drug known as the artemisinin have been increasing in the region of Cambodia and Thailand border, and the possibility that the resistance is now moving to Myanmar.

Moreover, expert says that although the number of fake and poor quality malarial drugs in the circulation is still unknown, still the number should be considered significant because these drugs can be directly contributing to the resistance noted in some parts of South East Asia.





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