Malaria is a very common disease in the tropics especially Africa. Of 100% seen in the out-patient department (adult and children), over 70% are treated for malaria. Many Nigerians are treated for malaria at least twice a year, others every 2 months. Didn’t know how else to tell you about malaria, since it’s so common place so, I decided this very moment to try this. I used to write poems as a teenager, guess I’ll give it a try again starting …. Now!
I am very mad about malaria,
Maybe, because it sounds like black Maria,
Yes, mad as in furious with,
Not mad as in crazy in love with,
Mad because it makes me sick,
And I can even lift up a wick.
It is indeed a very mean illness,
Killing pregnant women and children is heartless,
It is caused by deadly insects called mosquitoes,
Their sting brings on the woes,
It comes with a fever,
And makes you shiver.
There is also cough and the flu,
And sometimes, diarrhoea too.
Though it may seem simple to the Nigerian,
Go tell that to the British or American.
How can you differentiate it from ebola fever?
Or any haemmorhagic fever?
If left unattended to, or poorly treated,
Malaria can leave the human fitted,
With complications like severe anaemia,
Renal failure, hyperpyrexia, cerebral malaria.
Even though there is yet no vaccine
At least there are many medicines.