Mosquito: The deadly companion


Deadly yet so easily contracted, malaria parasites are transmitted through the bite of female anopheles mosquitoes that cause grave impact on Nigeria and Sub-Shaharan Africa, OLUREMILEKUN OSOBU-ASUBIOJO reports
A house on Makoko waters
With the proboscis, a pointed tube-like mouth that makes it unique in nature, a head containing all the sensors as well as scaly wings which showcase its flight muscles, the mosquito remains one of the most dreaded insects across the world. With just a bite on its prey it, enacts a tingling and itchy sensation which causes a scratch. But one cannot underestimate the dangers it causes to human existence.
‎In Makoko, one of the largest slums in the city of Lagos, western Nigeria, the mosquito finds a habitable environment to operate. The average mosquito survives on accumulation of stagnant water clogged with wastes, gutters and septic tanks and these are characteristics that makes up Makoko, a community close to the Lagos lagoon where some of the residents live on land just at the bank of the lagoon and others on water.
A journey to this community would leave anyone perplexed, not because of the name of the community, but a consideration for how possible it is for people to inhabit the vast land and carry on as if they do not have or see the health challenge that steers them in the face each day they wake up. The number of stagnant waste materials clogged underneath the wooden structures that stands on the muddy water are enough for mosquitoes to find a conducive environment to reproduce.
Chief Emmanuel Shemede, the Baale of Makoko, who spoke through Noah Shemede, his brother told our correspondent that despite the obvious environment, their father died at age 115 year in 2014 and was among the first settlers that migrated from Badagry in search of portions …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper