WHO Hails Nigeria Over Fight Against Malaria

The World Health Organisation, WHO has hailed the Federal Government’s efforts at reducing the incidence and deaths from malaria.

The global health body noted that between Years 2000 and 2021, malaria incidence and deaths reduced by 26 per cent and 55 per cent in the country.

The WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, gave the commendation while unveiling ‘The Report on Malaria in Nigeria 2022’, the first-ever subnational malaria report.

The WHO official said while Nigeria accounted for about 27 per cent of the global burden of malaria cases, the country had made significant progress.

He added that the key drivers of the continuing disease burden include the size of Nigeria’s population, which makes scaling up intervention challenging; and the suboptimal surveillance systems, which picked up less than 40 per cent of the country’s malaria data.

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