Half of the world is at risk of malaria says WHO
“There are 15 countries that contribute about 80 per cent of malaria rate in the world and Nigeria is top on the list, India, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda among others make up the remaining countries, about 97 countries are still affected and about half of the world is at risk of malaria.”
This was one of the revelations when Dr Peter Olumese, Medical Officer, treatment guidelines and policies, global malaria programme department at the World Health Organisation headquarters, Geneva, presented a lecture at the University College Hospital, Ibadan on ‘Global progress and emerging Child health, priorities in the next decades’.
Dr Olumesi explained that Millennium Development Goal covers many issues but noted that the fourth and sixth centre on reducing child mortality and eradicating HIV/AIDS.
He pointed that though the eradication mark of 75 per cent has not been met, the progress made so far has been massive and promising to the eradication of malaria.
“There has been progress and it has been mass, about 53 per cent success rate has been recorded between 1990 and 2015 globally.
“Though Africa has not met the 75 per cent mark, but because of the high rate of malaria overtime, it has recorded higher success rate than the other regions and there has also been a decline in under five mortality rate, but with 16,000 children still dying every single day and about 11 every minute, child survival remains an urgent concern,” he said.
Speaking at the event, the chairman and provost of the college, Prof Babatunde Salako explained that lectures as this was important especially for Nigeria, stating that eradicating maternal and infant mortality is germane.
He charged everyone present to take advantage of the timeliness of the lecture and make the best use of the information from the world governing body on health.