THIRD PUBLICATION, JANUARY 2015. The Bioscientist. Vol. 3
The Bioscientist: Vol. 3(1): 56- 67, January 2015.
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Tidi & Amos, 2015 Page 56
FEASIBILITY AND ACCEPTABILITY OF INTRODUCING RAPID DIAGNOSTIC TEST FOR THE MANAGEMENT
OF MALARIA AMONG NOMADIC FULANI OF NORTHEASTERN NIGERIA.
Tidi,S.K* and Amos, J. T.
1 Department of Biological Sciences,Federal University Wukari, Taraba State, Nigeria.
.*Corresponding author email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABSTRACT (Download PDF)
Malaria is one among the top classified deadly disease, and it is widely spread in the tropical
regions of the world especially Africa. Accurate diagnosis usually at an early stage with prompt
treatment reducesthe burden of the disease. This study was aimed to assess the feasibility and
acceptability of introducing malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (mRDT) amongnomadic Fulani
groupsof northeastern Nigeria. Community-OwnedResourcePersons (CORPs) were selected
from the nomadic Fulani camps and trained on malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (mRDT),and
toreferillness that was not malaria to health facilities. Result shows thatsensitivity (96.7%),
specificity (93.2%), positive predictive value (96.7%), negative predictive value (93.2%) and
accuracy (95.0%) of interpretation of malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test (mRDT) by nomadic
Fulaniresource persons were all above ninety percent. Acceptance(95.0%) of malariaRapid
Diagnostic Test by nomadic Fulani population was equally above ninety percent. Making use
ofmRDT in home management of malaria was feasible and acceptable by the nomadic
Fulani.These strategies should be introduced in the nomadic Fulani camps in order to scale down
mis-use of anti-malarial drugsand subsequently enhance the control of malaria by nomadic
Fulani populationin their sedentary movement.
Keywords: Malaria Rapid Diagnostic Test, nomadic Fulani, northeastern, Nigeria.
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