Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030

Cheryl Sanders
April 26, 2018

National Coordinator of Malaria Professor Dr Aamer Ikram said world malaria day is commemorated annually on April 25 to re-affirm the commitment towards malaria elimination. That vision of a malaria-free world was set out in the "Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030".

Based on this risk assessment, you can then plan which malaria prevention interventions to use, such as using insect repellents or insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, or taking antimalarial drugs.

As the world celebrates World Malaria Day, World Health Organization (WHO) affirmed that malaria still kills a child every two minutes. Meanwhile, faster growth was also seen in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai where 201 people contracted the malaria virus, a 2.3-fold surge year on year.

When a woman is infected with malaria during pregnancy, they are at an increased risk for maternal and fetal complications, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

However, pregnant women should avoid staying in areas where malaria is common; not only them but young children should also avoid playing in risky areas.

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"In the African Region there were 194 million new cases and 410 000 deaths in 2016". Malaria is a life-threatening disease which is caused by mosquito bites.

The high prevalence of malaria parasites in blood for transfusion in Sub-Saharan Africa could be a major setback in the fight against the disease in the region, a study suggests.

According to the 2017 world malaria report, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015.

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan who was represented by World Health Organisation (WHO) Officer- Incharge Mary Bwalya, indicated that the UN remains committed to eliminating malaria.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

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"The needless deaths resulting from malaria and the household expenditure on malaria are unacceptable".

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has called on the worldwide community to continue the fight against Malaria.

The African Media and Malaria Research Network (AMMREN), has urged Nigeria Ghana and Kenya to double their malaria control efforts, to enable themjoining or gets closing to ranks of countries at the elimination stages by 2020.

In Nigeria it is estimated that more than 1.5 million cases of malaria are recorded each year with over 300,000 deaths per year.

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