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Saturday, 26 April 2014

World Malaria Day 2014

The theme for this year's World Malaria Day is,"Invest in the future, Defeat Malaria". Global efforts to control and eliminate malaria have saved an estimated 3.3 million lives since 2000, reducing malaria mortality rates by 42% globally and 49% in Africa.  But the disease still kills an estimated 627 000 people every year, mainly children under 5 years of age and pregnant women.

The WHO reports that around 40% of global malaria deaths occur in just 2 countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Malaria remains a risk for more than 90% of Nigeria's population and contributes to an estimated 11% of maternal mortality in the country. There are an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria, about 100,000 more than the deaths from HIV/AIDS.

The Minister of State for Health, Dr. Khaliru Alhassan, said that malaria still remains a major threat to public health in the country. People are urged to use long-lasting insecticide treated mosquito nets, keep their environment clean, while pregnant women and children must always take necessary preventive measures against malaria.

1 comment:

  1. Nigeria is the international headquarters of mosquitoes