By Emma Okonji
A group of software experts said they had effectively developed a software solution that is capable of destroying malaria syndrome.
The development was sequel to recent statistics that each year, one million of the 300-500 million cases of malaria result in death, with Nigeria accounting for over 300,000 deaths yearly, through malaria.
The software experts, Mobile Software Solutions Limited, is a Nigerian Information Technology start-up that has responded to the monumental challenge of the malaria scourge by conceptualising and originating the “Malaria Destroyer Game" (MDG), capable of affecting over 50 million people in Nigeria and 500 million in Africa.
MDG is a technology and education based mobile apps designed to save future generations from the malaria pandemic in Nigeria and Africa, by eradicating mosquitoes and by extension the destruction of malaria.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, disclosed recently that every 45 seconds, a child dies of malaria in Africa and malaria costs Africa an estimated $12 billion in loss of economic productivity each year, a situation that best describes the important of technology solution for malaria.
According to the group, Malaria Destroyer Game is originated and designed by Mobile Software Solutions Limited, a start-up company chaired by the President of the Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria (ISPON), Mr. Chris Uwaje, who is equally a Fellow of the Nigerian Computer Society, and the pioneer of National IT Policy for Nigeria.
Uwaje said: "The central objective of MDG is to deploy and apply technology solution capability to reach millions of people world-wide and destroy malaria more than any other solution has ventured to date. It is a digital knowledge-entertainment and educational mobile psycho-Game."
MDG is endorsed by the United Nations' UNESCO Chair person on e-Learning for Africa; Open Media Limited, a centre for for values and leadership at the University of Tampere, Finland, among others, Uwaje said.
Uwaje explained that the application/solution is geared towards the eradication of malaria in Africa and world over. It’s central focus is to ensure that Nigeria attains a fundamental requirement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and its strategy aims to reduce the cost of lost productivity in Nigeria/Africa, by 50 per cent by 2015, Uwaje added.
The stack version of the application is designed to reach about 50 million people in Nigeria, 150 million in West Africa and over 500 million in Africa.
Speaking on malaria world data, Uwaje argued that malaria remained a preventable and curable infectious disease. “It is caused by the plasmodium parasite transmitted by the female anopheles mosquito. More than one million of the 300-500 million cases of malaria each year result in death, Uwaje said, adding that malaria affects 3.3 billion people, or half of the world’s population, in106 countries and territories.”
World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates 216 million cases of malaria occurred in 2010, which represents 81 per cent in the African region.
WHO estimated that out of the 655,000 malaria deaths in 2010, 91 per cent was from the African region, of which 81 per cent were from children under five years of age.
Considering the great impact of malaria on Nigerians and Africans, Uwaje said the technology application solution aims to bring more to intuition the awareness on how to fight/eradicate mosquitoes from the Nigerian environment thereby preventing malaria and early death of Nigerian and African children.
To amplify this concern and critical message, Mobile Software Solution, plans to unveil Prof. Pat Utomi of the Lagos Business School as the MDG Face of AFRICA, in Lagos today.
Malaria Destroyer Game is a full graphics animated mobile game which runs across all mobile platforms (Apple IOS, Andriod, Blackberry, and Symbian), originated designed and developed indigenously by Mobile Software Solutions Limited.
Speaking on the implementation strategy, Uwaje said the application solution would be deployed online to reach 50-250 million Mobile Phones and offline on PC and Tablets to reach 20-50 million students in tertiary institutions in Africa.
He described the solution as the ultimate malaria monster killer of our time.