Nigeria will join other countries to mark the World Malaria Day which holds on April 25th each year but it is sad to note that Nigeria will not be given the newly released Malaria Vaccine just yet.
Countries that the vaccine will be first introduced to are Ghana, Kenya and Malawi in 2018. These countries were chosen ahead of Nigeria because they already run large programmes to tackle malaria, including the use of bed nets, yet still have high numbers of cases.
According to the World Health Organization, this move has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives.
The RTS,S vaccine trains the immune system to attack the malaria parasite, which is spread by mosquito bites.
The vaccine is to be administered four times. Once a month for three months while a fourth dose will be given 18 months later.
Progress has been achieved in tightly controlled and well-funded clinical trials, but it is not yet clear if it can be done in the "real-world" where access to health care is limited.