Nigeria's Fibble Fight Against A Deadly Scourge



World Malaria Day is observed on April 25 every year to recognise the global effort to control malaria and also to spread awareness about the around the world.

The theme for World Malaria Day 2018 is "Ready to beat malaria".

In response to this, the Department of Preventive Medicine has sent an inter-sectorial team to inspect and supervise malaria control work in hot-spots in Binh Phuoc, said head of the department Tran Dac Phu.

The aim of the World Health Assembly was to dramatically lower the global malaria burden. Almost half the world's population still contracts it every year. The worldwide body also warns that no child should die because they can not access life-saving services to prevent, detect and treat the disease. Children under the age of five, pregnant women and patients with HIV-AIDS are most at risk.

Since 2000, malaria prevention has played an important role in reducing cases and deaths, primarily through the scale up of insecticide-treated nets and indoor spraying with insecticides.

Some 445, 000 people died of the disease in 2016, 90 percent of whom were said to be in the WHO African Region.

To highlight World Malaria Day and ahead of the summer vacation season, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is advising residents who are planning travel to known malaria-endemic regions of the world to take necessary precautions.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites that are transmitted through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.

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".

He calls for closer collaboration between malaria researchers and the blood banks to further develop approaches to respond to these risks.

Out of this figure, Africa accounted for 407,000 deaths from malaria in 2016. "Worse yet, after years of progress the most recent year-on-year trend is pointing in the wrong direction".

According to him, "All hope is not lost but the government in partnership with foreign organisations must show willingness and commitment to combat this Malaria epidemic in Nigeria".

Although a lot of resources and efforts have been committed to fight the scourge, factors like poor power supply, pot holes on most roads, poor state of most environments like blocked drainage and high level of poverty have contributed to making the country with the highest number of malaria deaths.

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