Tue. May 18th, 2021

MALARIA DAY

Malaria, a life threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted to people through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes has over the years killed billions of people across the world especially children under five years of age.

It was in a joint global effort to control the mortality arising from malaria that the World Health Assembly during its both session set aside April 25th every year as World Malaria Day to strategise on the way forward towards eradicationg the preventable disease among member nations.

Although some progress have been made in the fight against malaria in developed nations, most developing nations especially in Africa are still suffering from malaria burden with children under five years paying the supreme price.

This year’s celebration with the theme Zero Malaria, starts with me focuses on celebrating the achievements of Countries that are approaching malaria elimination stage as they provide inspiration for all nations that are working to stamp out the deadly disease to improve the health and livelihood of the people.

What are the factors responsible for continued cases of malaria in Nigeria? A medical expert Dr. Onuka Okorie explains.

What should be done to adequately checkmate malaria transmission in Nigeria?  Dr. Moses Kalu and Okorie explain.

As the world marks this event, all hands must be on desk to eradicate malaria disease among the people while Government should make available machines and drugs for early diagnosis and treatment of malaria to prevent its complications.

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