Malaria: Consultant advises against frequent use of mosquito coil


By Ibrahim Kado
Yola, Aug. 18, 2020 Dr Yarima Suleiman, a Consultant in the Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Yola, has advised the public against frequent use of mosquito coil in the prevention of mosquito bites and malaria.

He gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Yola on Tuesday.

He explained that inhalation of smoke from the coil may cause health problems later in life.

He said that mosquito coil was not good for the health, noting that “once you light it, the carbon monoxide it emits is poisoning.

“Even if it did not cause acute problem, it may cause respiratory problem later in life if repeatedly used.

“So, the inhalation of smoke, just like women do while cooking with firewood is unhealthy, and that is why we advise them to use it in an open space.

“If you use firewood inside a closed space, you may have chronic obstructive air wave disease in the long run.”

Suleiman also said that most people who use mosquito coil, especially during the rainy season close their doors and windows to prevent insects and mosquitoes.

He stressed that once the smoke was inhaled continuously, it would cause problem later in life.

The consultant, therefore, recommended the use of insecticide, Long Lasting Treated Mosquito nets, staying indoors and clean environment to stop breeding of mosquitoes that cause malaria.

He also warned people to desist from self medication, especially during this period of COVID-19, among others.