Malaria gains under threat, warns WHO

Apr 26, 2018, 00:42
Malaria gains under threat, warns WHO

The term originally denoted the unwholesome atmosphere caused by the exhalations of marshes, to which the disease was formerly attributed (the malaria mosquito is a nighttime feeder and breeds in stagnant water).

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Globally, 3.3 billion people in over 106 countries are at risk of malaria.

But the question is what impact have all these huge funds had on efforts to reduce or stop malaria in Nigeria? "Cases are normally at its highest during the summer rainy season, with an increased number of cases reported between January and April", he added.

"Nigerians travel a lot with many traveling to Asia on business".

Out of this figure, Africa accounted for 407,000 deaths from malaria in 2016.

Vietnam's National Institute of Malariology Parasitology and Entomology estimated that an average of 30,000 people were infected by malaria virus in Vietnam annually, 100 out of which suffered from malignant malaria and about ten died.

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

Last year, more than 200 million people around the world were affected by the disease. The neighbouring Dak Lak and Dak Nong reported 89 and 78 cases, representing 1.6-fold and 0.3-fold increases, respectively.

Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by the bite of female Anopheles mosquito. "History has told us very clearly that when we stop making progress, it is not that we just stand still, but we go backwards and then malaria comes back, and comes back with a vengeance", Alonso said. In addition, public budget for malaria control has declined sharply in recent years.

Binka congratulated African countries such as Egypt and Morocco which had been malaria free since 2000 including Algeria, which achieved the feat in 2016. Together, we must ensure that no one is left behind in accessing lifesaving services to prevent diagnosis and treatment of malaria.

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 aim is such that by 2020 malaria will be eliminated from the state.

World Health Organization maintained that "Without urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat, assuring that it will "continue to call for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria".