The Federal Government has said in spite of its efforts and its partners, to combat the effects of malaria in Nigeria, the country still accounts for 27 of global malaria cases and 32 of global malaria deaths.
It is also estimated that approximately 55 million cases of malaria and nearly 90,000 malariarelated deaths occur each year in our country.
The Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire in his speech at the commemoration of 2023 World Malaria Day, lamented the adverse effects of the disease on the nations economy as he said Malaria also has an adverse effect on the economy of our nation as it is the major cause of absenteeism in schools, offices, businesses, markets and thereby reducing the income of families, including the hardship of outofpocket expenses borne by Nigerians yearly for diagnosis and treatment. window.aries window.aries window.aries.v1 window.aries.v1 commands const aries window.aries.v1 aries.commands.push(() > const zoneId ‘7238’ const anchor document.getElementById(‘vidverto220384c5a71e46dd814afa69547f2b3f’) anchor.removeAttribute(‘id’) aries.mount(zoneId, anchor, width 720, height 405, ) ) )()>
Ehanire who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mamman Mahmuda also disclosed that the outofpocket expenditure for malaria is estimated to be over 70 and Nigerians pay as much as N2,280.00 on each malaria.
According to him The economic burden of malaria in Nigeria was estimated at 1.6b (N687 billion) in 2022 and may increase to about 2.8b (N2 trillion) in 2030.
It is important to note that successful control of malaria will increase productivity, improve health, reduce school absenteeism, reduce poverty and facilitate the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
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