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Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030

27 Avril 2018

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.

"Africa accounts for over 90 per cent of global malaria cases and deaths". With the creation of World Health Organization in 1948, and the optimism generated by these new tools, the Global Malaria Eradication Programme was launched in 1955.

This calls for a redoubling of efforts to reduce the disease prevalence, and even eradicate it.

Binka said there was need to admit alternative medicine into the fight to wipe out malaria. Symptoms typically take between ten days to four weeks to emerge and can in some cases lie dormant for several months, which untreated can turn fatal. Left untreated, individuals can develop more severe complications and malaria can be fatal. Eliminating malaria requires above all political leadership at the highest level as well as leadership of programmes, resource mobilisation, inter sectoral and cross-border collaboration.

The creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was a critical aspect in this regard. People planning to travel to endemic areas should consult their doctor or visit a clinic that offers anti-malarial medication, such as the Travel Clinic at HMC's Communicable Disease Center.

"We are afraid Mr. Program Manager that the resurgence of this disease will make us fall back on our feet from the progress we've made", he said at the Paynesville City Hall in a keynote address Wednesday, 25 April during the launch of a mass distribution of insecticide nets.

The National Strategic Plan (NSP) has been developed by NVBDCP, ministry of health and family welfare, Government of India with the support of WHO to provide a road map for making India malaria free by 2027. It also contributes to an estimated 11 per cent of maternal mortality. We are delighted that more countries than ever, forty-four, are reporting less than 10,000 cases, however we must ensure we continue to press forward to end malaria - not only in high-burden nations but also those on track to eliminate the disease.

The MalaFa report said malaria remains a major public health concern in Nigeria with about 76% of the population at risk.

For many years, World Malaria Day has been a cause for celebration, but not this year. This compares with 215,000 deaths per year in Nigeria from HIV/AIDS.

PHC facilities can all test for malaria and treatment is available at this level. Treatment of malaria is by anti-malarial medications like Artemisinin, quinine.

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.

On this occasion Dr Baseer Khan Achakzai Director Malaria said malaria control has prepared national strategies, policies and guidelines which are fully aligned with targets of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and WHO Global Technical Strategy.

Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030