Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030

Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030

Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030

They were addressing a seminar at National Institute of Health (NIH) held here in connection with World Malaria Day, organized by Directorate of Malaria Control Pakistan.

As per World Health Organisation (WHO), this year's theme is "Ready to Beat Malaria".

"As a effect, we now have about 260 million cases of malaria every year, in excess of 440,000 deaths every year...13:52..."

However, recent evidence suggests that the trend toward fewer malaria cases and deaths has stalled, or may have reversed course in some countries.

Last year, more than 200 million people around the world were affected by the disease. According to Dr Hussam al- Soub, senior consultant at HMC's Infectious Diseases Unit, those most at risk of serious illness associated with contracting the disease are individuals who have little or no immunity to malaria, such as young children and pregnant women or travellers coming from areas with no malaria. During those 15 years, 6.2 million deaths were averted, including the deaths of 5.9 million children under five. "However, we have the tools to beat malaria - and we will - with the partnership and action called for at the January meeting of African and world leaders in Addis Ababa", said Jacqueline Weekers, IOM's Director of Migration Health.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

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"Nigeria could eliminate malaria if there was political will". Fifteen countries - all but one in sub-Saharan Africa - carry 80% of the global malaria burden.

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.

While malaria transmission showed a gradual decline in Limpopo since 2000, Limpopo reported an increased transmission of malaria during 2017, with 17,765 cases reported between January and December 2017.

Papua New Guinea's prime minister has called on the global community to continue the fight against Malaria. Africa contributes to almost 90 per cent of the global burden of malaria.

On World Malaria Day, we thank the clinical trial volunteers who have participated in malaria research and reaffirm our commitment to the broad biomedical research efforts necessary to control, eliminate and, ultimately, eradicate this disease.

" Malaria costs African economy US$ 12 billion per year in direct loss and 1.3 per cent of lost annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth".

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