By Lazarus Zakaa, Abuja
World over, there has been an estimated 219 million malaria related cases, with about 435,000 recorded fatalities.
This, is according to the most recent world malaria survey, by the World Health Organization, WHO.
Unfortunately, Africa accounts for the highest percentage of this statistic with about 92% recorded malaria cases and 93% malaria-related deaths with children, as the most affected.
Nigeria however, is one of the countries with the highest percentage of malaria related deaths, chugging up a whopping 19%.
Commemorating this years’ world malaria day in Abuja, experts highlighted some measures that have been put in place to ensure the menace of malaria becomes history.
“We are taking the campaign to the grassroot to ensure that malaria is eliminated in Nigeria and African as a whole” pharm.Abdulhameed Isiaka.
Building on the theme of this year’s World Malaria Day: “Zero Malaria Starts with me”, partners in Nigeria’s health sector also call on all stakeholders in the global health community to redouble efforts, resources, and commitment to saving more lives, and helping communities and economies to thrive by ending the malaria epidemic.