On World Malaria Day, Mamata reiterates her commitment to fight disease

On World Malaria Day, Mamata reiterates her commitment to fight disease

On the occasion of World Malaria Day, Dr Sushila Kataria, Director Internal Medicine, Medanta - The Medicity, discusses the signs and symptoms of malaria, its prevention, and the importance of early diagnosis of this life-threatening disease.

This year's World Malaria Day, April 25, is being celebrated under the theme "Ready to beat malaria" which aims to promote the commitment of the global community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria. That vision of a malaria-free world was set out in the "Global technical strategy for malaria 2016-2030".

"Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria", said Stefan Swartling Peterson, UNICEF Chief of Health. "However, with the current way Nigeria is handling malaria, it is unlikely the country will be able to achieve malaria elimination by 2030". Rwanda and Nigeria together saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases, while DRC recorded an additional 500,000 cases in 2015-2016.

Although, Qatar is free from locally acquired malaria, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has treated more than 125 cases who have acquired the disease overseas.

He pointed out that to effectively combat the spread of malaria which pose a major public health hazard with significant man hour and productivity lost, Nigerians are encouraged to keep their environment clean and use insecticide treated mosquito nets as often as they can.

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 Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, has urged the new local government chairmen and councillors in the 18 local government areas of Edo State to immediately key into the template designed by the state government for the roll back malaria project in the state.

Nearly half of the global population is susceptible to malaria but it is most prevalent in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the recent Commonwealth heads of Government Meeting in London, Nigeria Committed to securing Three Hundred Million U.S. Dollar facility from the world bank, Islamic Development Bank and the African Development Bank to eliminate Malaria from the Country.

(Picture: World Health Organisation)Why do we need World Malaria Day? Progress appears to have stalled in the global fight against the disease. It is still one of the leading causes of death in the country with the country having one of the greatest number of malaria cases in the world.

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