n South African Journal of Child Health - Initial treatment of severe malaria in Cameroonian children - likely problems of inadequate, improper, delayed or failed treatment : letter

Volume 3, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-3032
  • E-ISSN: 1999-7671



We read the recent article by Chiabi with keen interest and some surprise. Pre-admission medications were reportedly used for 287 patients (97%), of whom 59% (170) had used some form of antimalarials. Poor knowledge on the part of the mothers on how to identify the signs and symptoms of malaria and their inability to differentiate malaria from other causes of childhood fever might explain the non-treatment of a significant number of the patients before hospital admission.

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