The importance of marking World Malaria Day is evidenced by the fact that more people die from malaria yearly than from HIV/AIDS. Over one million people die from malaria yearly which translates to one person every 30 second.
The most vulnerable group of people that are affected by malaria infection remains pregnant women and children under five years. In Nigeria with an estimated population of 150 million people, up to 50 per cent of the population will have at least one malaria attack each year. Malaria is responsible for 30 per cent of childhood deaths and 11 per cent of maternal deaths, a situation that the world health organization are interested in seeing change.
The fact that malaria is both preventable and treatable makes it crucial for concerted efforts to be directed towards its eradication in the country.
the government has instated a programme in seeing that this ill worm which has eaten deep in the country's health system need to be eradicated
the world health organization has set some programme in partnership with Nigerian government to over sees the malaria eradication.example are the NMCP which the national malaria control programme which was setup by the ministry of health in Nigeria.
The Nigeria national program follows the guidelines of the Roll Back Malaria Program of WHO and the United Nations Development Program, which endorses the use of ITNs, presumptive treatment of women during pregnancy, and the rapid diagnosis and treatment of cases. Ninety-five percent of malaria cases in Nigeria are due to plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the four species of malaria parasites. As in most of Africa, P. falciparum is rapidly becoming resistant to chloroquine, fansidar, and other less costly and well-accepted antimalarials. The recommended replacement treatment is artemisinin combination therapy (ACT) but cost, availability, and lack of experience on the part of caregivers have limited the use of these lifesaving drugs.