Wednesday, February 2, 2011

DDT: Greens Lie, Africans Die

By Paul Driessen and Robert Novak
Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow
January 20, 2011

Fina’s little body shook for hours with teeth-chattering chills. The next day her torment worsened, as nausea and vomiting continued even after there was nothing left in her stomach. Finally, her vomiting ebbed and chills turned to fever, drenching her body in sweat. Then more chills, fevers, nausea, convulsions, and constant, unbearable pain in every muscle, bone and joint.

She cried out, and tears mixed with sweat. But no one could help her. She had no money for doctors, medicines or a hospital room. She didn’t even have a mother or father to comfort her. All the orphanage school staff could do was caress her, pray and hope she’d get better – and wait for her to die.

And in agony that never stopped from the time the malaria first struck her down, Fina Nantume did die. So did 49 of her classmates, out of 500 students in the APEA Primary School for orphans in Kampala, Uganda, in 2005. Most of the survivors were also afflicted with malaria at least once that year. Some became permanently brain damaged. Others died in subsequent years.

Fina didn’t have to die. None of these spirited, beautiful young students had to die. None of them had to get malaria. The disease is preventable, treatable and curable.

1 comment:

  1. Shame on you for putting such an article on a place that shows Thomas Jefferson's visage.

    DDT is no panacea to fight malaria.

    No malaria fighting group on Earth claims we need more DDT.

    There has never been a shortage of DDT.

    DDT has never been "banned" in Africa nor Asia.

    The death toll from malaria is, today, the lowest in human history, largely without DDT. In fact, the death toll has dropped in lock step with the reduction in DDT use.

    Jefferson would cut off correspondence with you.