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World Malaria Day: WHO decries increasing cases of malaria

About 95% of the estimated 228 million cases of malaria in the last year occurred in the WHO/AFRO Region, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The world body’s director for Africa said on Monday that the situation over the same period of time has led to 602,020 deaths overall.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti made the assertion in her message to mark the 2022 World Malaria Day.

According to WHO, malaria remains a significant public health and development challenge.

It says that six African countries with the worst cases of malaria in the region, are reported to have accounted for up to 55% of cases globally, and 50% of recorded deaths.

Dr Moeti, in her speech, called for urgent scaling up of innovation and the deployment of new tools in the fight against malaria, while advocating for equitable access to prevention and treatment of the disease.

She, however, added that the past year has seen significant breakthroughs in malaria prevention and control, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic.

She said the Landmark recommendations on the use of the first vaccine against malaria were released by the World Health Organisation late last year.

This vaccine, she continued, will be used to prevent malaria among children aged six months to five years, who live in moderate- to high-transmission settings.

Reporting by Nancy AnikaEzie; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor