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Nigeria leads with 27% in global malaria deaths – WHO

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Nigeria accounted for 27 per cent of the global malaria deaths in 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

The group in its world malaria report released on Monday said six countries, including Nigeria, recorded a total of 50 per cent of malaria deaths worldwide in 2020.

The WHO, in its latest report, said 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.

In the report, Nigeria was also among six countries that accounted for 55 per cent of all cases worldwide.

“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.”

According to the report, the COVID pandemic disrupted malaria services, leading to a marked increase in cases and deaths.

The WHO, in a statement, said the situation could have been far worse, adding that at the beginning of the pandemic, it had projected that – with severe service disruptions – malaria deaths in sub-Saharan Africa could potentially double in 2020.

It, however, noted that many countries took urgent action to shore up their malaria programmes.

The Director-General of the WHO, Tedros Ghebreyesus, said this year’s world malaria report surveyed the extent of damage by the COVID pandemic on the global malaria response.

“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, global gains against malaria had levelled off,” he said.

“Thanks to the hard work of public health agencies in malaria-affected countries, the worst projections of COVID’s impact have not come to pass.

“Now, we need to harness that same energy and commitment to reverse the setbacks caused by the pandemic and step up the pace of progress against this disease.”

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Islamic Group Offers Free Medical Services In Yobe

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The Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Yobe chapter, has offered free medical services to over 800 patients in Fune LGA of the state.

Speaking at the end of the two-day outreach on Sunday in Ngelzarma, the IMAN vice chairman, Dr Mahmoud Ma’aji, noted that the exercise was conducted in various clinics in the area.

He listed the services to include consultations, the provision of drugs, psychological and psychosocial counselling, as well as various laboratory tests.

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He said the aged, orphans, widows, pregnant women and under-five years children were given more attention during the outreach, which began on Saturday.

The vice chairman said the objective of the outreach was to assist the less privileged and to educate residents on the need to seek medical assistance in the hospital.

In his remarks, the Emir of Ngelzarma, Muhammad Mai-Yeri, called on philanthropists to support IMAN to enable it to carry out its activities effectively.(NAN)

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Lassa fever: Death toll hits 171 as NCDC confirms 8 new infections

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The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has recorded eight additional Lassa fever infections and one death between September 5 and 11.

The NCDC via its official website said the new cases bring the number of confirmed cases and deaths to 917 and 171, respectively.

It disclosed that 25 states had recorded at least one confirmed case across 102 local government areas. According to NCDC, 6,660 suspected cases have been reported in the country.

The public health agency disclosed that of the new confirmed cases, Ondo accounted for 32 per cent, Edo 26 per cent and Bauchi 13 per cent.

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“In week 36 (September 5 to 11, 2022); the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 10 in week 35, 2022 to 8 cases. These were reported from Ondo, Edo, Bauchi, and Anambra states. Cumulatively from week 1 to week 36, 2022, 171 deaths have been reported with a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 18.6 people which is lower than the CFR for the same period in 2021 (23.3 per cent). The predominant age group affected is 21-30 years (Range: 0 to 90 years, Median Age: 30 years). The male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases is 1:0.8. The number of suspected cases has increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2021. No new healthcare worker affected in the reporting week 36,” it said.

It  said the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Technical Working Group (TWG) has continued to coordinate the response activities at all levels.

“The country’s response activities continue in all areas, particularly in areas of state advocacy, personal protective equipment (IPC) support, and laboratory diagnostics,” it added.

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Lady offers kidney to Ekweremadu’s daughter

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A 24-year-old lady, Anastasia Michael, says she is ready to donate one of her kidneys to Sonia, daughter of Senator Ike Ekweremadu, currently down with kidney malfunctioning.
This is coming less than 24 hours after 25-year-old Sonia Ekweremadu made an appeal to members of the public to donate a kidney to save her life.
Responding through a Facebook post on Monday, Annastasia said she was willing to donate one of her kidneys to Ekweremadu if none of her family members could do that.
She added that she was doing so to prove that women could help women.
Annastasia said that the donation would be for free, hoping that her kidney matches that of Sonia.
She said she had sent her mail address to the email provided by Sonia.

Her full post runs entitled ‘Kidney donation to Sonia Ekweremadu’ is presented below:
I (Annastasia Michael olamma) want to donate one of my kidneys to Sonia Ekweremadu to save her life. I have made up my mind to do this to prove women can help women.
If any of her relatives mum, dad, siblings, cannot give out their kidney to save their Bloodline then I will donate my own to save Sonia And I demand nothing in return. I pray it matches with her own.
Am 24 years old, I don’t take alcohol and I believe my kidney is very healthy to donate.

I have sent message to her email @helpsonialive@gmail.com and anticipate her reply.
May God heal you.

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