The Anopheles seems to be multiplying its offspring in Nigeria.

Every two minutes, a child dies of malaria, as preventable and treatable - malaria remains in many regions of the world, a major public health problem.

This is enough bad news, but it gets worse with the news that Nigeria is at the forefront of this alarming fact.

UNCEF has tasked Nigeria and other Sub-Saharan African countries on the increasing cases of malaria in these countries.

UNICEF, in a message to mark the World Malaria Day in New York, said Rwanda and Nigeria saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases of malaria in 2016.

The UN agency said: “Four out of five malaria deaths occur in one of 15 countries, most of them in Sub-Saharan Africa, with more than one in three deaths in Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo only.

“Progress on malaria is beginning to show signs of stagnation.  In 2016, 91 countries reported a combined total of 216 million malaria cases – five million more than in 2015.

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“Rwanda and Nigeria together saw an increase of over 1.5 million cases, while DRC recorded an additional 500,000 cases in 2015 to 2016”.

According to the UN agency, an estimated 90 per cent of malaria deaths occur in Sub-Saharan Africa, with 407,000 deaths in 2016.

“Four out of five malaria deaths occur in one of 15 countries: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, India, Mozambique, Ghana, Angola, Uganda, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Tanzania, Cameroon, Niger, Guinea and Chad.

“More than one in three malaria deaths occur in two countries: Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. UNICEF has a country office in all of these countries,” UNICEF said.

The UN agency warned that progress on global malaria control is slipping, with cases on the increase.

“If we continue along this path, we will lose the gains for which we have fought so hard,” WHO chief, Tedros Ghebreyesus added.

The 2018 theme of the Day is “Ready to Beat Malaria”.

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