AfDB calls for domestic financing to fight malaria

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Dr. Chilufya said government's malaria elimination strategy has an estimation of over US$ 694 million from 2017 to 2021. Of the total cases being reported in the state, about 90 to 95 per cent could be categorised as imported malaria as it is being spread by people from other states. In the spirit of this year's theme, "Ready to Beat Malaria", let us all recommit our collective efforts to eliminate this deadly disease once and for all.

Meanwhile, the Minister noted that coverage of Indoor Residual Spraying has increased from about 1.8 million eligible structures to 2.3 million structures during the 2017-2018 spraying season. During those 15 years, 6.2 million deaths were averted, including the deaths of 5.9 million children under five.

Based on this risk assessment, you can then plan which malaria prevention interventions to use, such as using insect repellents or insecticide-treated bed nets to prevent mosquito bites, or taking antimalarial drugs.

At the start of this century, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) pushed forward a renewed effort to fight malaria. Every year, April 25 is celebrated as World Malaria Day.

IOM now supports malaria programming across dozens of countries globally, often with the support of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Since 2000, the world has made historic progress against malaria, saving millions of lives.

"LAPO will continue to support every malaria control effort of Government of Nigeria to show that we are "Ready to Beat Malaria".

Spokesperson Neil Shikwambana said the department had deployed 42 teams across the province to help reduce the number of malaria cases. The event was attended by health minister Lal Thanzara who flagged off a bike rally to generate awareness about malaria.

Research advisers, which include Roll Back Malaria, Malaria No More UK and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance have experts suggesting that the capacity of regulators in Nigeria to check influx of substandard malaria products needs to be strengthened. Hence, the World Health Organization invites for bigger and greater investments and expanding coverage of tools that help in preventing, treating and diagnosing malaria.

The response which is achieved regarding malaria globally is at a point where there is need to make a crucial decision with far-reaching consequences. It affects a huge section of world's population especially in Africa, South and Central America and Southern Asia.

He added that malaria is a disease that is transmitted through the bites of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes, noting that the disease is caused by Plasmodium parasites, two of the parasite species that cause malaria in humans. Unfortunately, we dare say, malaria surveillance systems are usually weakest in countries with the highest burden of disease, particularly in Africa.

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