World malaria Day: Nigeria accounts for 25 % of global malaria burden

The 2020 world malaria report shows that Nigeria continues to account for 25 per cent of the estimated global malaria burden with mortality associated with malaria standing at over 80,000, the Borno state government jas said.

In Borno state, a total of 359,366 confirmed cases of malaria in 2020.

The above figure, according to the Borno state commissioner of health, Professor Isa Marte, is an increased case compared to the records of the previous years.

Professor Marte, who is also the chief of staff to the state Governor, Babagana Zulum, said ” the figure for 2019 was 330,587, with 240 deaths; in 2018, the figure was 237,971 with 110 deaths; and in 2017, the figure was 143,978 with 231 death”.

The Health Commissioner who made this known at a press conference on Sunday, said the increased cases indicate that there jas been improved reporting system and training on HMIS version 2019 data tools to M&E officers at all levels.

He said under Governor Zulum, the state malaria elimination program has yielded better results as seen in recent NDHS 2018 findings.

He said the state has so far has 4 rounds of uninterrupted Season Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) intervention between 2017 and 2020 through the support of NMEP, GF, NHF, and WHO where over 2,000,000 children between 3 months to 5 years of age were reached every year.

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