Tackling malaria: Firm targets 20 million Nigerians for free drug distribution

26 April, 2018, 00:46 | Author: Cecil Davis
  • Nigeria Mobilize Forces to Fight Against Malaria

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, Dr Sushila Kataria, Director Internal Medicine, Medanta - The Medicity, discusses the signs and symptoms of malaria, its prevention, and the importance of early diagnosis of this life-threatening disease.

Africa Malaria Day is commemorated annually on the 25th of April.

The global body said the theme "highlights the remarkable progress achieved in tackling one of humanity's oldest diseases, while also calling out worrying trends as captured in the 2017 World malaria report".

Malaria can be prevented by mosquito control measures like preventing water stagnation and spraying insecticides in mosquito breeding sites Use of mosquito nets, mosquito repellant creams and wearing fully covered clothes are simple steps but effective steps for controlling malaria. Globally, 3.3 billion people in 106 countries are at risk of malaria. The Global Fund has provided support of more than 100 million USA dollar over the last five years to implement malaria grant.

"Our research is only the first line of inquiry needed to better understand the risk for pregnant women and children who receive the majority of transfusions in this region". Deaths stood at about 445 000, a similar number to 2015. Dr al- Soub, said while several malaria vaccines are under development, none are now available. In 2016, 91 countries reported a combined total of 216 million malaria cases - 5 million more than in 2015.

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"Without better vigilance, children receiving transfusions to address malaria's impacts risk exposure to more malaria-causing parasites" Selali Fiamanya, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN) Researchers pooled data from the individual studies to generate an estimate of the presence of malaria parasites in blood donations across the region.

He said the government of Pakistan at federal and provincial levels in collaboration with partners has shown its commitment towards malaria control and its elimination from the country.

Most malaria cases and deaths occur in sub-Saharan Africa.

World health officials are trying to reduce malaria by distributing bed nets to help protect people from mosquito bites when they're sleeping.

We call on countries and the global health communities to close the critical gaps in the malaria response. Later, a National Framework for Malaria Elimination (2016-2030) and a National Strategic Plan 2017-2022 have been drafted in consultation with the States/Union Territories. In addition, public budget for malaria control has declined sharply in recent years.

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