By; ISAAC ODEH, Kaduna
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Kaduna State Branch has said that malaria is still a life-threatening disease especially in pregnant women and children under five years of age.
The PSN Chairman in the state, Pharmacist Talatu Uwa Ebune stated this in a statement made available to media in Kaduna on Thursday.
Pharmacist Talatu Uwa Ebune disclosed that about 3.3 billion people, half of the world’s population still live at risk of this preventable and treatable disease.
“Africa carries the highest share of the global malaria burden and Nigeria accounts for the 25% out of the 219 million global cases of malaria in 2017, it accounts for 60% of outpatient visits and 30% hospitalization in Nigeria.
” Malaria is associated with a significant burden on public health and economic stability, has a direct impact on households’ income, wealth and productivity of both the sick and the caregivers. ” she said
Speaking on the forthcoming World Malaria Day on April 25, she said it is meant to highlight the need for continuous investment and sustained political commitment for malaria prevention, control, and drive down the incidence to zero.
As part of the activities to commemorate the day, she said PSN Kaduna State Chapter is organizing public enlightenment campaign on malaria prevention, testing and distribution of materials on 26th April, 2021 by 10:00am at the PSN Kaduna secretariat, No.2 Ali Akilu Road Kaduna.
The PSN Chairman added that the theme of the World Malaria Day 2021 is “Zero Malaria starts with me” and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Sub Theme is “Pharmacists stand against Malaria.”
“We would like to commend the efforts of all stakeholders (governments, health care team, international partners led by W.H.O, donor agencies, etc.) for the successes achieved in the fight against malaria so far.
“We also want to use this opportunity to urge leaders at all levels to step up the fight and get us closer to a malaria-free world (zero malaria).
“More efforts are needed in preventive measures targeting the most vulnerable population, educating rural residents on disease transmission, environmental cleaning and sanitation.
“Government at all levels should endeavour to direct more funding efforts towards vaccine research and development.” she stressed.