Wednesday, 15 April 2015


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.


  1. Dr. Keren this was very brilliant. You should think about publishing a book of poetry dedicated to educating the public about matters of health. This was fun to read.

    1. Hmmm, publishing a book of poetry on health. That's something to think about. Would definitely make it easier to learn about the many diseases. Thanks for your suggestion Mr. Adela. Will give it a thought.

  2. I hear most medicines make you feel terrible too... But at least they exist... The way you describe it, it would make me mad too!

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    1. Yes, the medicines do make you feel worse than the illness itself sometimes. It's horrible. However, we are faced with a case of risk against benefits. Thanks for commenting

  3. LOL. Not bad. I've had malaria more times than I could count, no thanks to the ever present mosquitoes. Plus there is this specific "ninja" breed of mosquitoes in the area where I live. They can bite through anything, even a bulletproof vest. :)

    1. Lol @ninja breed of mosquitoes biting through bulletproof vest. My elder brother says the mosquitoes have become so mean and adapted to the point that when you spray them with insecticides they just open up their wings and say "see perfume". Lol

  4. That poem was very good. It was well done in terms of poetry and very informative on what malaria is. Good job!

    1. Thanks Chrys, still can't believe I wrote that today.

  5. Lovely piece on malaria. I found your blog on google+ communities.

  6. Malaria is a fine thing to be mad at. Can't stand mosquitoes. :)

    1. Sure, can't stand them either, or anything/insect that flies and/or bites for that matter.

  7. That's a really fun way to raise awareness. :-)

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  8. Nicely done Dearie...brilliant!


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