Obaseki urges local councils to sustain fight against disease at grassroots

  • Obaseki urges local councils to sustain fight against disease at grassroots

Obaseki urges local councils to sustain fight against disease at grassroots

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

Third, World Malaria Day unites all partners around a common goal: Accelerating the pace of progress.

Significant global progress has been made since 2000 to reduce the incidence and mortality of malaria, says the NIH in a press release.

"Africa accounts for over 90 per cent of global malaria cases and deaths".

Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) is the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne diseases including malaria and other VBDs (dengue, lymphatic filariasis, kala-azar, Japanese encephalitis and chikungunya) in India.

Okeke is anxious that Insecticide treated mosquito nets embraced by donor agencies and most developed countries as a tested solution in the fight against malaria is still been scorned by Nigeria and other Africans countries.

In the United States, approximately 1,700 cases of imported malaria occur each year, with approximately 37 percent of these cases occur in women, including 5-6 percent who are pregnant at the time they are infected.

According to the most recent world malaria report, more countries are advancing towards elimination of Malaria.

According to the 2017 world malaria report, there were 216 million cases of malaria in 2016, up from 211 million cases in 2015.

World Malaria Day is celebrated every year on April 25. You can also check the Malaria Information by Country Table for more detailed information.

Malaria is caused by the tiny Plasmodium parasites which are transported from person to person by an infected female Anopheles mosquito.

She also acknowledged the five African countries: Botswana, Cape Verde, Comoros, South Africa and Swaziland, identified as most likely to eliminate malaria by 2020. The event was attended by health minister Lal Thanzara who flagged off a bike rally to generate awareness about malaria.

Malaria remains one of the leading causes of death in Africa. Meanwhile, faster growth was also seen in the Central Highlands province of Gia Lai where 201 people contracted the malaria virus, a 2.3-fold surge year on year. For those planning to travel to countries that have known malaria cases, it is very important to take preventive measures, including avoiding mosquito bites by using insect repellent, covering the arms and legs, and using a mosquito net.

The WMD is an occasion to highlight the need for continued investment and sustained political commitment to malaria prevention and control.