PNG PM calls for fight against Malaria to continue

26 April, 2018, 00:43 | Author: Joshua Bennett
  • World Malaria Day 2018 Theme Significance & Who are at Risk

In a report released to mark World Malaria Day, WHO cited insufficient funding at both domestic and worldwide levels as the cause of low provision of insecticide-treated nets, medicines and other life-saving tools as a key impediment in the fight against malaria.

"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.

This theme underscores the collective energy and commitment of the global malaria community in uniting around the common goal of a world free of malaria.

The principal director of health and family welfare, F. Lallianhlira, said the State Vector Borne Diseases Control Programme (SVBDCP) is being actively pursued to prevent malaria.

Uganda's Ministry of Health says about 5,000 people die of malaria every year.

Okeke is anxious that Insecticide treated mosquito nets embraced by donor agencies and most developed countries as a tested solution in the fight against malaria is still been scorned by Nigeria and other Africans countries.


Last year, more than 200 million people around the world were affected by the disease. In 2016, almost half of the world's population was at risk of malaria. We are ready to beat malaria, but the pace of progress must be accelerated to achieve a 40% drop in global malaria cases and deaths by 2020, compared to 2015 levels.

The Chief Minister said, "Today is World Malaria Day". Malaria cases in India account for 70% of infections in South East Asia.

Malaria is a life-threatening disease transmitted by parasites contained in the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes. It aims to ensure that all people have better access to early diagnosis and prompt and effective treatment at public and private health facilities and to ensure the full protection for people at risk of malaria by appropriate malaria control measures.

Research advisers, which include Roll Back Malaria, Malaria No More UK and the African Leaders Malaria Alliance have experts suggesting that the capacity of regulators in Nigeria to check influx of substandard malaria products needs to be strengthened.

As part of renewed efforts to fight malaria in Nigeria, the British Government recently pledged 50 million Pounds, about 25 million Naira to help the Nigeria Government.

"Resistance to treatment presents the biggest threat to the incredible progress that has been made in the fight against malaria in the past 20 years".

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