There are many self-help ways to treating malaria but mixing vitamin C in 7UP beverage should not be one of them, says malaria expert, Professor Catherine Falade.

Falade, who is also an expert in Pharmacology and Therapeutics, cautioned Nigerians and community health officials against the use of Vitamin C and 7up in treating malaria.

“Consuming Vitamin C and 7up is not the treatment for malaria; nobody needs Vitamin C to treat malaria.

“Nigerians and community healthcare officials should not use it to treat malaria as it cannot cure malaria.

“The World Health Organisation (WHO) has standards — Arteminis Combination Therapies (ACTs), injectable and oral administrations are best practices,” Falade said.

She said that the use of ACT must be adhered to just as the administration of the drug must be strictly followed by a heavy nutritious diet.

Falade, who is also a lecturer at the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, said reports from a survey on effective treatment of malaria at the grassroots revealed that many patients and community healthcare givers were guilty of self-medication.

According to her, “if a baby has malaria, it must be given the breast consistently for three days and for a toddler on the other hand, he or she given some teaspoonful of milk.

“Healthcare providers in Nigeria carry a heavy burden of malaria, so we should go by WHO parasitological standards.

“Adherence of healthcare providers to treatment guidelines is still an issue and non-adherence by some patients may lead to resistance and can spread across nations.

“Patients must be educated on the use of Artemeter. ACT must be a three#-day dose as this prevents the resistance space of the vector mosquitoes.

“ACT should not be combined with vitamins and antibiotics unless the patients have other infections; if diagnostic investigations reveal only malaria, the patient should stay with ACT to treat it.”