Malaria: FG to scale-up intervention programme in 9 states

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Malaria: FG to scale-up intervention programme in 9 states

By Justina Auta

The National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) says nine eligible Sahel states have been targeted for the Seasonal Malaria Chemoprevention (SMC) in 2020 to eliminate the scourge of malaria.

The 2018 World Malaria report shows that 228 million cases of malaria worldwide , with 53 million annual cases in Nigeria contributing to 25 per cent global burden, resulting to 81,640 deaths annually, which accounts to 19 per cent global malaria deaths.

National Cordinator, NMEP, Dr Audu Mohammed disclosed this during a meeting with stakeholders on review of 2019 round of SMC and proposed plan of 2020 round of intervention.

Mohammed, represented by the Head, Case management, NMEP, Dr Nnenna Ogbulafor said the exercise was already in taking place in Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Yobe and Zamfara.

He added that Bauchi, Borno, Kano and Kebbi states were added for the SMC programe to reduce malaria burden to…



Source: News Agency of Nigeria