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Over 30,000 Nigerians die of malaria annually – World Bank

By AbdulWahab Abdulah

 As the world marks the World Malaria Day, today, Research has revealed that 300,000 Nigerians dying each year of the disease.

In addition, it was revealed that apart from the human loss, the financial losses as a result of malaria attack are estimated at about 132 billion Naira (USD 906 million) in the form of treatment costs, prevention, and loss of man_hours.

On every April 25, in recognition of the World Malaria Day, the global malaria community reviews the actualization of the 6th United Nations Millennium Development Goal, which is to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other related diseases.

According to World Bank research document, published by LEAP Africa, a non_profit organization, the time is now for Africans, especially Nigerians, to intensify efforts in reducing if not eradicating the disease in the region.

To this end, LEAP Africa, in conjunction with some children have initiated a programme designed to enlighten Nigerians about the implications of the disease and the problems it can cause the nation and its resources.

The organization, in a statement, said: “Inspired by LEAP Africa, a nonprofit organization that aims at developing dynamic, innovative and principled African leaders, Umar Bako Ismail, Ahmad Isah Muhammad, Aminu Sulaiman, and Fatima Sa’ad, joined forces with other organizations in the fight against Malaria disease in Africa.

“These young Nigerians launched the “End Malaria” Initiative, which is in fulfillment of one of LEAP’s requirements for participants enrolled in its Youth Leadership Programme,”

The initiative, is expected to achieve its objectives through the provision of free insecticide treated bed nets and awareness creation on the need for environmental sanitation and community health education. The initiative, according to LEAP Africa, is in collaboration with Society for Youth Awareness and Health Development (SAYAHD).

Another important goal that is also reviewed during the period is the goal set by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, of universal coverage by the end of 2010 with proven Malaria control interventions for all people at risk.


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