Malaria cannot be confined by boundaries, having been found to affect people in all the continents of the world. Without much saying, it is very glaring that malaria as a disease has been a scourge to mankind. It is on records that the first officially known treatment of malaria came by the way of using quinine extracted from the bark of the “Cinchona” tree also known as the “Jesuits bark” in Viceregal Palace in Lima, Peru, in 1938. Quinine went on to become the only compelling treatment for malaria until the 1920’s. Scientists went into the laboratories all over the world trying to find a way of synthetically producing this “wonder” drug and in 1944, they were able to discover the structure of the alkaloid molecule C20H24N2O2. Variants of quinine have been produced since then, with some having serious side effects to the extent that their usages have been discouraged but the astounding thing is that the ravages of this disease have by no means abated to an appreciable degree. The World Health Organization (WHO), reported that nearly half of the world’s population is at a risk of malaria and that in 2015, there were roughly 212 million malaria cases…
Nature in its goodness has afforded us of all we need, right from food crops, vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and herbs. All these our needs abound in great varieties and in quantum and we even manufacture drugs from them to take care of our ailments.
Nature has always been very fascinating, and when talking about it, we have always been tempted to see humans and things that relate to humans. We most often relegate other forms to the background or even completely neglect them.
Scarcity of water in the world?
Humans are very resourceful and well endowed. But our major problem is that we constantly tend to overdo things which usually result in our causing environmental hazards to the ecosystem.
I used to think the King Cobra was the deadliest snake but was jolted when I stumbled on some articles on snakes. I got to realize that the Inland Taipan was far more deadly. The snake can release about 100-200 mg of venom from one bite and that was enough to kill one hundred six foot tall humans.