World Malaria Day 2019
People in tropical areas suffer from malaria more...
It has been asserted that malaria still kills a child every two minutes. Secondly, Africa continues to account for about 90% of malaria cases and deaths worldwide. Can Africa meet up with the 2030 malaria targets? Worldwide, organizations all over the world to commemorate this year's World Malaria Day, which is marked on April 25th every year.
World Health Organisation said no significant improvements were made in reducing malaria cases in the period 2015 to 2017. A statement from WHO reads “The estimated number of malaria deaths in 2017, at 435 000, remained virtually unchanged over the previous year.”
As part of the World Malaria Day 2019, the WHO has launched grassroots campaign ‘Zero malaria starts with me’ to keep malaria high on the political agenda, mobilize additional resources, and empower communities to take ownership of malaria prevention and care.
Malaria is a very common infectious disease that has existed in humans since many centuries claiming millions of lives. It prevails through Plasmodium parasite which transfers into human body through bite of Anopheles mosquitos. Such infected mosquitos transfer malaria germs into healthy people through their bite. High fever is the most common symptom of malaria along with cold, shivering, headache, nausea or vomiting. However, its symptoms can be different if not treated properly.
A Pulse.ng report has it that the estimated number of malaria deaths stood at 435 000 in 2017, and sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 93% (404,550) of the global malaria deaths. Of all burdened countries, Nigeria has the highest percentage, bearing 19 percent (82,650) of malaria deaths worldwide. Children under five years old are the most vulnerable, accounting for 61 percent (266 000) of the global malaria deaths.