NIH Statement on World Malaria Day 2018

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This is contained in a statement issued in commemoration of the world malaria day, marked every April 25.

"We call on countries and the global health community to close the critical gaps in the malaria response", said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, in his World Malaria Day message. Malaria is a life-threatening disease which is caused by mosquito bites.

Globally, 3.3 billion people in over 106 countries are at risk of malaria.

According to her, LAPO will continue to collaborate with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership and the Nigeria's National Malaria Control Programme in their quest to end the disease.

Malm said if stakeholders lost focus, Ghana risked losing giant strides made in the fight against malaria over the past decades, calling on all to put in more efforts to beat malaria.

Ghana is readying itself for the smooth pilot of the world's first malaria vaccine later in the year, officials said here on Wednesday.

In 2017, the number of malaria cases dropped by 35.4 percent from 2016.

In 2016, 91 countries reported a total of 216 million cases of malaria, an increase of 5 million cases over the previous year.

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Malaria claimed nearly 500,000 lives in 2016, the latest year for which there are figures, most deaths occurred in sub Saharan Africa.

And USAID Director Patrick Diskin noted his organisation has in the last 10 years worked with Zambia to eliminate malaria in form of funding and provision of mosquito nets.

The disease is caused by the Plasmodium parasites, which is spread to people through the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito, also known as malaria vectors.

According to the governor, "This year's theme: 'Ready to Beat Malaria, ' will reinvigorate and bolster the fight against malaria, by the state government with support from global agencies and other stakeholders".

Currently, malaria spray teams are still active with spraying in high risk communities in Mopani and Vhembe.

"At the same time, we need to work to ensure that our innovation reaches those most in need, even those in the most remote locations".

World Health Organization maintained that "Without urgent action, the major gains in the fight against malaria are under threat, assuring that it will "continue to call for greater investment and expanded coverage of proven tools that prevent, diagnose and treat malaria". Those include sleeping under a mosquito net, spraying your home and clothes with insecticide or insect repellant and wearing long sleeves and trousers between sunset and sunrise.

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