Malaria Is Defeating Nigeria - WHO - eritvnews

Malaria Is Defeating Nigeria - WHO


Nigeria is yet to be listed among African countries who have made significant progress in eliminating malaria, a statement by the World Health Organizations (WHO), says.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director of Africa, in her message to commemorate the world Malaria Day 2018 in Abuja on Wednesday, said 14 countries with the world biggest malaria problem were in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Moeti said these countries still accounted for 80 per cent of the global burden of malaria with 194 million new cases and 410,000 deaths recorded in 2016 alone.

She however said some countries in the region have witnessed a decrease in malaria cases and deaths showing significant potential to eliminate malaria by 2020.According to Moeti, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Senegal, Gambia and Zimbabwe are among 16 countries globally that witnessed a decrease in malaria cases and deaths by more than 20 per cent between 2015 and 2016.
She said that Algeria, Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa and Swaziland could potentially eliminate malaria by 2020.

The WHO regional director expressed concern over the slow pace of progress in some African countries with significant gaps in the implementation measures to eliminate the disease.Moeti said international and domestic funding for malaria prevention and control has also stagnated in the region. Some countries in the African region recorded the biggest rise of malaria testing in the public sector from 36 per cent of suspected cases in 2010 to 87 per cent in 2016.
over half the people at risk of malaria across sub-Saharan Africa have been sleeping under insecticide-treated nets for the past five years indicating some success in behaviour change and outreach campaigns.

Newsmen report that the Federal Government on April 22, committed to securing $300 million from the World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and African Development Bank to eliminate malaria in the country.
The government also pledged additional $18.7 million to leverage on $37 million from the Global Fund Grant to enable it distribute 15 million mosquito nets and support local manufacturing of essential malaria commodities.

Nigeria is corrupt, and can't fight Malaria because majority of the people attacked by this disease are poor Nigerians, says Chukwudi John, BTV Reporter in Abuja.

Nigeria received whopping sum of $172million, $600million, $150million, $225million, $180million, 50million Euros, $70 million, excluding the nation's allocation for malaria eradication, between 2009 to 2015. The country claimed the money was used to fight malaria and other related diseases in states like Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Cross River, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Sokoto, Zamfara, Benue, Ebonyi, Oyo, and Kogi. If malaria cases has been eradicated or reduced in these areas, then be sure that the new allocation of $300 million from Islamic Bank, $18.7million and $37million for malaria eradication will be used judiciously ・BTV Reporter explained.

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