In Nigeria, Malaria is responsible for 60% outpatient visits to health facilities, 30% childhood death, 25% of death in children under one year and 11% maternal death.
The financial loss due to malaria annually is estimated to be about by 132 billion Naira in form of treatment costs, prevention, loss of man-hours etc; yet, it is a treatable and completely evitable disease.
In 2015, the World Health Assembly resolved to eliminate malaria from at least 35 countries by 2030, WHO is releasing a World Malaria Day report that shows this goal, although ambitious, is achievable.
Most notably in 2015, all countries in the WHO European Region reported, for the first time, zero indigenous cases of malaria, down from 90 000 cases in 1995.
In the WHO African Region since the year 2000, malaria mortality rates fell by 66% among all age groups and by 71% among children under 5 years.
The advances came through the use of core malaria control tools that have been widely deployed over the last decade
It is to be however noted that approximately 90% of all malaria deaths occur in Africa.
Even as Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the World Malaria Day on April 25th 2017, Nigerians have been advised to take preventive measures to safeguard themselves from this deadly disease. These measures include: Using insecticide-treated bed-nets, indoor residual spraying, rapid diagnostic testing and artemisinin-based combination therapies.
Some preventive therapies recommended by WHO: A full antimalarial treatment course be given to pregnant women, infants and children to prevent the consequences of malaria infection. Also, administration of IPTp for pregnant women in areas of moderate to high malaria transmission.