July and August, which are at the peak of the season, mark a spike in malaria cases.
“You enter the ward, and you don't leave,” said Amponsa-Achiano, whose busy work schedule had him frequently skipping meals. “Every five minutes, you are setting up another blood [a transfusion] on a child who is almost dying.”
Malaria, which is caused by a parasite, is transmitted through mosquitoes to humans. Symptoms, which take an average of 10 to 15 days to appear, can include high fevers, chills, diarrhoea, headaches, and other flu-like symptoms. If left untreated — even for 24 hours — malaria can lead to serious illness or death.
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