Nigeria among Most Hit with Malaria in the World

The 2018 World Malaria Report has revealed that about 70 percent of all malaria cases and deaths recorded in 2017 occurred in Nigeria and 10 other countries. The annual report which is produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) and launched on Monday in Maputo, Mozambique said malaria hit hardest in India and 10 African countries in 2017. The 151 million malaria cases and 274,000 deaths recorded in 2017 were concentrated in the 11 countries, the report said. The ten African countries affected are Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Uganda and United Republic of Tanzania. A statement from WHO headquarters said the report revealed that there were 3.5 million more malaria cases reported in these 10 African countries in 2017 compared to the previous year, while India, however, showed progress in reducing its disease burden. According to the new report, reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners have joined a new country-led response, launched to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease. The new country-driven high burden to high impact response plan was launched to support nations with most malaria cases and deaths. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the World Health Assembly in May 2018 said, “For the second consecutive year, the annual report produced by WHO reveals a plateauing in numbers of people affected by malaria: in 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria, compared to 217 million the year before. But in the years prior, the number of people contracting malaria globally had been steadily falling, from 239 million in 2010 to 214 million in 2015.”

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