Foyeke gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in commemoration of the 2018 World Malaria Day.
He said people should always insist on tests being carried out by experts before any diagnosis or treatment could be given.
”Most people think once they get to any over the counter drugs, after having one or two symptoms without carrying out any test, is okay.
“Self-medication is very harmful and there are many dangers associated with it which many people don’t know of.
“So, the best way is to carry out test, to ascertain the nature of the sickness instead of assuming that it is common malaria,” Foyeke said.
The expert also advised that precautionary measures be taken against malaria with the use of treated mosquito nets.
”Prevention is better than cure, so we are still hammering on the use of mosquito nets.
“With the use of mosquito nets, the emergence of the disease will even happen, because malaria is claiming many lives than what people are imagining.’’
NAN reports that World Malaria Day is an international observance commemorated every year on April 25 in recognition of global efforts to control malaria.
Health experts say globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria, adding that malaria remains one of the oldest diseases in the world.
NAN reports that the Theme for 2018 commemoration is End Malaria for Good.