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Health News of Tuesday, 7 December 2021

Source: www.legit.ng

Nigeria accounted for 27% of half of malaria deaths worldwide in 2020 - WHO

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In a message that ill break the hearts of many Nigerians, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that six countries, including Nigeria, accounted for around 50 percent of malaria deaths worldwide in 2020.

WHO disclosed this in its world malaria report released on Monday, December 6, 2021.

According to WHO’s latest report, there was an estimate of 241 million malaria cases and 627,000 malaria deaths mostly of children under five worldwide in 2020.

The 2020 figure represents about 14 million more cases in 2020, compared to 2019, and 69,000 more deaths.

The report read in part: “About 96% of malaria deaths globally were in 29 countries. Six countries Nigeria (27%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12%), Uganda (5%), Mozambique (4%), Angola (3%) and Burkina Faso (3%) – accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths globally in 2020,” the report reads.

“Twenty-nine countries accounted for 96% of malaria cases globally, and six countries Nigeria (27%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12%), Uganda (5%), Mozambique (4%), Angola (3.4%) and Burkina Faso (3.4%) accounted for about 55% of all cases globally.”