Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
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Progress has stalled in the fight against malaria

Progress has stalled in the fight against malaria

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. The theme for this Year's world Malaria day is "Ready to Beat Malaria" - how ready is Nigeria?

NAN reports that the Theme for 2018 commemoration is End Malaria for Good.

Spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said the department had deployed 42 teams across the province to help reduce the number of malaria cases.

Just under 500,000 people died from malaria in 2016, proving how much work is still to be done to eradicate this disease.

"The information is that over the last couple of years, signs emerged that progress was slowing down".

According to the latest data from World Health Organization, there were an estimated 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, marking a return to 2012 levels.

In the first 14 weeks of 2018, Vietnam reported over 1,700 malaria cases, up 7.45 percent from the same period past year, with the Central Highlands and southern Binh Phuoc provinces carrying the majority of the national malaria burden, according to the Ministry of Health (MoH). Rwanda and Nigeria together saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases, while DRC recorded an additional 500,000 cases in 2015-2016.

She said Nigeria also accounted for 32 per cent of the global estimate of 655,000 malaria deaths annually. In addition, public budget for malaria control has declined sharply in recent years.

"This situation calls for more action and a robust approach, including political leadership and financial investments which should be directed at dealing with the disease". Prevention is, therefore, the best protection against malaria and is based on two complementary methods: chemoprophylaxis, or the use of medication to prevent disease, and protection against mosquito bites.

"Without better vigilance, children receiving transfusions to address malaria's impacts risk exposure to more malaria-causing parasites" Selali Fiamanya, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) Researchers pooled data from the individual studies to generate an estimate of the presence of malaria parasites in blood donations across the region.

The Nigerian government says by the year 2020, cases of malaria will be reduced to the barest minimum.

He added the Directorate of Malaria Control pakistan has been commemorating the day since 2008 at the national and provincial levels.

Amb. Elder said the U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with other donor support groups, has empowered efforts of the Liberian health authorities to scale-up malaria prevention and treatment services by producing bed nets and diagnostic test kits.

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