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Malaria fatality

An incidence of malaria fatality has been brought to IMCA’s attention. The incident occurred offshore Ghana. A non-immune foreign national contractor presented himself to the offshore medic with flu-like symptoms. He tested negative for malaria twice via rapid diagnostic testing. He was sent ashore for further evaluation and subsequently died as a result of complications arising from malaria.

Why did it happen?

  • Mosquito bite prevention measures were not taken (e.g. repellent, long-sleeved clothing);
  • Malarial prevention drugs (prophylaxis) were not taken (e.g. Malarone, Doxycycline);
  • Malaria was not diagnosed early and as a result the deceased did not receive the necessary medical treatment in a timely way. The following points were reiterated:
    • The importance of refresher training in malaria management for all relevant personnel;
      • The importance of seeking early treatment;
      • The correct and timely use of rapid reaction diagnostic kits;
    • The following World Health Organization (WHO) ‘ABCD’ approach to Malaria management will be helpful:
      • A is for Awareness
      • B is for Bite prevention

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