Nigeria losses about N132 billion to malaria annually, the country’s World Malaria Day Planning Committee has revealed.
Chairman of the committee, Dr Uzodinma Adirieje made the disclosure while briefing newsmen ahead of this year’s World Malaria Day which comes up on April 25.
The committee comprises experts from the National Malaria Elimination Program (NMEP) of the Federal Ministry of Health and other stakeholders in the field of healthcare and malaria.
Dr Adirieje said the economic loss means that many families become poorer due to the disease and that the situation has also become a global problem.
He said one in four persons down with malaria globally is a Nigerian, adding that we need to remind ourselves that Nigeria is sitting at the top of the high burden countries for malaria.
He said the celebration of this year’s World Malaria Day is significant in order to generate push towards reducing deaths from the disease because the country appeared to be falling short of the expected targets contained in the national strategic plan.