Nigeria 'unlikely to eliminate' malaria by 2030 - Health group forecasts

Mosquito used to illustrate the story

Rwanda and Nigeria together saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases, while DRC recorded an additional 500,000 cases in 2015-2016.

According to statistics from the World Health Organisation, W.H.O., about 100 million Nigerians get infected with malaria every year, with about 200, 000 deaths reported yearly.

World Health Organization said the African region continues to bear an estimated 90% of all malaria cases and deaths worldwide.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. Novartis aims to contribute to the WHO's target of reducing malaria-related child mortality by at least 90 per cent in 2030. It shows that cases tend to be higher in parts of the country with the lower quantities of poverty.

Travelers to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia have the greatest risk of contracting malaria, however all travelers to countries where malaria is present may be at risk for infection.

Philippe Guerin, a co-author of the study and the director of WWARN, notes, "The technical challenges of diagnosing Plasmodium parasites from blood donation products require attention, as does further exploration to better understand this risk and [how to] mitigate it".

The Limpopo health department says spraying households with long-acting residual insecticides is helping in the fight against malaria.

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

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Last year, more than 200 million people around the world were affected by the disease. This was down from the 6 079 cases reported over the same period in 2017.

After a surge of success in recent years, progress looks to have stalled. 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.

The NIAID also is pursuing research on malaria vaccines that could serve a critical role in future malaria control efforts.

This year's Ready to Beat Malaria theme highlights the reality that stakeholders have the tools to eliminate the deadly disease, but measurable gains made in previous years must be sustained.

The federal and provincial governments are spending many resources for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

This day has been chosen by African governments committed to reverse the progression of malaria and meet the malariarelated UN Millennium Development Goals.

IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and other global partners are promoting efforts to tackle malaria, one of the oldest, yet most pervasive public health threats of our time.

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