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Malaria: In solidarity with Under-5s

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DANGWA DANJUMA

Renewed campaign to eradicate malaria as part of activities to commemorate the World Malaria Day 2022, led by Centre for Media Advocacy for Mother and Child (CAMAC)  has kicked off in Kaduna.

The campaign which is part of the NGOs "Malaria Eradication Campaign 2022" with the theme: "Eliminating Malaria through Community Engagement", this year, is themed: “Harness Innovation to Reduce the Malaria Disease Burden and Save Lives”

The World Malaria Day is celebrated every 25th of April to bring greater awareness to the global fight and recognise the existence of malaria across the globe.

This year's project is being supported by Newsweb Express an online news platform in collaboration with Civil Society for Malaria Elimination (CS4ME) a global network uniting civil society organizations and communities to achieve malaria elimination.

People are more prone to malaria in the rainy weather and it is timely when communities should join hands with government and other stakeholders working to ensure malaria is completely dealt with, already 2020 factsheets from World Health Organization estimated the death toll from malaria alone as 627,000. Moreso, there are 241 million cases recorded with the death mostly of children under five facing mortality

The Executive Director of CAMAC Alex Uangbaoje, told CUBINKS News of the need for everyone to get involved to reduce the burden of malaria. Uangbaoje expressed concerns over the malaria emergency. He suggested that, "every household should respond to the emergency by using insecticide treated mosquito nets, clean and disinfect their environment, and in any case they feel symptoms of malaria they should not self medicate but seek expert's recommendations.

People are more prone to malaria in the rainy weather and it is timely when communities should join hands with government and other stakeholders working to ensure malaria is completely dealt with, already 2020 factsheets from World Health Organization estimated the death toll from malaria alone as 627,000. More so there are 241 million cases recorded with the death mostly of children under five facing mortality", Uangbaoje remarked. 

The 2020 figure represents about 14 million more cases in 2020, compared to 2019, and 69,000 more deaths. In that report, Nigeria was among six countries that accounted for 55 percent of all cases worldwide.

Executive Director, CAMAC, told CUBINKS that  this alarming report propelled the NGO to develop a campaign that will enable her to reach people in public places like the markets, worship centres, their homes and workplaces with messages on malaria prevention.

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