As stakeholders commemorates yet another world malaria day, governments in African continent and world over have been reminded to equally deploy same resources and attention to Covid-19 to towards the fight against malaria scourge.
Frontline anti-malaria campaigner and philanthropist, Prince Ned Nwoko through the Prince Ned Nwoko Malaria Eradication Project insisted that as the world grapples with Covid -19 Pandemic it is imperative to also bring to the fore that malaria like covid -19 still remain one of the greatest killer in the African continent.
He, therefore called for a concerted effort, collaboration among stakeholders to commit funds towards malaria vaccine and research in 5 higher Africa institutions.
In a statement personally signed him and made available to LEADERSHIP by to his media aide, Mr Ifitayo Adeniyi, said Africa account for 91 percent of all malaria death with an estimated 57.5million cases and 225,000 deaths per year.
“Malaria is a leading cause of death among low -income countries and indeed remains one of the major public health threats to human existence in Africa”.
“Nigeria accounts for 27% of the total African malaria burden. Within Nigeria, malaria is a major cause of illness, deaths, poverty and a significant drain on the economy and well being of the Nation. It is estimated that 50% of Nigeria’s adult population will have at least one episode of malaria each year and children under five will have 2-4 attacks annually.
“Children under the five and pregnant women are lost at risk for malaria-related morbidity and mortality, with 11% of maternal and 20% of under-five deaths attributed to malaria. Poorer and more rural population are also at greater risk, with malaria prevalence higher among the lowest wealth quintile(42.9% vs 4.4% among highest quintile ) and among rural populations (35.6% vs 11.5% among urban population)
“The treatment and fight against malaria in Africa and Nigeria from both the private and public sectors have been substantial.
“However, recent studies and statistics on the increasing ravaging effect of the pandemic on human existence have imperatively confirmed the urgent attention to rejig both private and public stakeholders’ commitment to ending the malaria scourge in Africa starting with Nigeria”.