At a news conference to mark World Malaria day in Kano, the Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Kabiru Getso, has reported that the state recorded about 22,000 deaths last year from malaria.

He attributed the high death rate to environmental challenges as he stated that Malaria is a major health concern of the state.

“The present administration recently purchased N59 million worth of items to curb malaria in the state and these include malaria test machines, drugs as well as mosquitoes nets,” he said.

Getso also said that the state had embarked on special training of health workers from the 44 local government areas on malaria management.

The WHO in it’s World Malaria day report said a 60% global decline in deaths came through insecticide-treated bednets, indoor residual spraying, rapid diagnostic testing and artemisinin-based combination therapies. However, it noted that mosquitoes resistance to insecticides used in nets and spray is growing, as is with parasite resistance to a component in a powerful antimalarial medicine.

Last year, 214 million cases of malaria were reported in 95 countries, and more than 400,000 people died of malaria. Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo still account for 35% of deaths.

Author: Ope Adedeji