AS THE World marks this year’s World Malaria Day, World Health Organisation, (WHO), yesterday, said new strains of malaria parasite with intractable drug and insecticide resistance are set to port in Nigeria and other malaria endemic countries.
The new strains are also more difficult to detect, and treat.
Making the call in her message on World Malaria Day, 2022, WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti urged African nations to expedite action in malaria control programmes because it remains a significant public health and development challenge.
According to her, about 95 per cent of the estimated 228 million cases occurred in the WHO/AFRO Region along with 602 020 reported deaths last year.
“Malaria is, however, much more than medical and technological interventions. Malaria affects households and communities, and these communities need to be empowered to play an active role in the fight against this disease. As WHO in Africa, we recognise that a whole-of-society approach requires us to listen to, and learn from, those who are worst impacted,” she said.
Noting that World Malaria Day is an occasion to renew political commitment and encourage continued investment in malaria prevention and control, she called on countries and communities affected by malaria to work closely with development partners to advance the countries along the road to elimination, while contributing to the achievement of other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).