World Health Organization Says Malaria Still Remains Leading Cause Of Death In Nigeria

Malaria also known as Plasmodium Falciparum is a mosquito borne infectious disease that affects humans and other animals. Malaria causes symptoms that include fatigue, fever, vomitting and headaches. In severe cases it can cause yellow skin, seizure, or death.

According to the WHO during their weekly report released to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state capital, Malaria still remains the leading cause of death in Nigeria.

In the report, 53 million malaria cases are recorded annually in Nigeria, whereas 81,640 deaths are recorded annually; which means 9 deaths every hour caused by malaria.


In what ways do you think we can avert this sickness that can lead to death?



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  • Just by providing good health care centres for the citizens

    - Hannah Wisdom - 2019-08-17 09:32:02 Quote

  • We can avert malaria by preventing mosquito bites.

    Because prevention is better than cure

    - Abdulsamad Tiamiyu - 2019-08-17 09:33:00 Quote

  • There should be educational system that will make known the danger of Mosquito and insecticide and Mosquito net can also be distributed.

    - Aina Bamidele - 2019-08-17 09:33:07 Quote

  • .1. Let the government work on our roads.

    2. Let them take care of our sewage disposal.

    3. Let them make all the malaria drugs available in all federal government hospitals.

    4. Let them treat the air with chemicals suitable for it. 

    This is my humble opinion. 

    - Ndukwe Samuel - 2019-08-17 09:33:09 Quote

  • 1 Government should build good drainages

    2 Community should avoid stagnant water 

    3 Provision of sewage and garbage by government

    - Bright Samuel - 2019-08-17 09:43:10 Quote

  • By sewage treatment and removing breeding places where these mosquitoes live, taking care of our environment is also essential 

    - Normo joy ifeanyi - 2019-08-17 09:45:23 Quote

  • Its so bad that our health is always taken for granted in this country. They will tell us misquote nets are free yet they are sold in some hospitals.  We on our part will not want to run medical test when sick for diagnosis, but prefer over the counter prescriptions so why won't the malaria cause death.

    - Oluchi Raychelle - 2019-08-17 09:46:47 Quote

  • This is something we've been talking about since I can remember. Being environmentally clean is the best solution to these mosquitoes and their bites. 

    We can't just depend on health centers for cure when we have what it takes to prevent it.

    Let us just seat up and maintain sanity. 

    - GIFT Mato - 2019-08-17 10:07:40 Quote

  • I suggest that our hospitals should be mosquitoes free first before campaigning against malaria, it's only in Nigeria that a patient is admitted because of malaria and still be bitten by mosquitoes on the sick bed.

    - Fanim Peter Rimven - 2019-08-17 10:13:04 Quote

  • Yes it is true because malaria has been underestimated 

    - Izuchukwu Onwuka - 2019-08-17 10:15:25 Quote

  • Mosquito nets and insecticides are very important to preventing malaria

    - Bello Ahmad Tijani - 2019-08-17 10:28:03 Quote

  • water stagnation should be taken care of. bushes should be cleared, fumigation should be done routinely, mosquito nets should be distributed 

    - IBRAHIM HAFIZ - 2019-08-17 10:53:36 Quote

  • Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water...they are most likely to infest areas where hygiene isn't paramount. Therefore the logical way to tackle mosquitoes is not to encourage what will make them breed. Good sanitation.

    - Rita Amadedon - 2019-08-17 12:12:45 Quote

  • Malaria is the worlds most deadly diseases. People don't know.

    - Dominic Olah - 2019-08-17 13:52:02 Quote

  • The Government should provide good health facilities with standard equipment and also endeavor to provide good drainage system while on the part of the citizens, they should learn to keep good hygiene and ensure their surrounding is clean.

    - Satih Adjekawe - 2019-08-17 16:18:53 Quote

  • Keeping our environment clean and also using the right insecticides

    - Okoye Daberechi - 2019-08-17 22:09:02 Quote

  • 1.Wholistic and regular environmental sanitation should be of utmost importnat to everyone.

    2.The Government should on regular intervals fumigate areas heavy populated with mosquitoes. 

    3. Regular distribution of Long lasting treated nets to individuals.

    4. Regular sensitization/ creating awareness to the public on the dengers Anopholes Mosquitoes.

    The above measures will go a long way to curb or reduce the burden of malaria. 

    - IFEANYI NWOKEDI - 2019-08-18 19:33:12 Quote

  • Malaria can only be done with if the appropriate facilities are provided example .provision of  tight fitting container for disposal of waste 

    Provision of good roads with good drainage

    Availability of potable water

    Enforcement of environmental protection laws

    Regular inspection of premises

    And health education,champain and distribution of long insecticide treated bed net.

    - Bessie Omini - 2019-08-19 11:51:35 Quote

  • Truly malaria is a bad disease and it should be really looked into

    - Oludemi Michael - 2019-08-19 16:37:07 Quote

  • #Manage your risk of malaria properly by planning your travels and checking the risk where you’re going

    #Insect and mosquito repellents should be used and should be applied after sunscreen

    #Stay covered up, make sure you’re behind screen doors or windows at night, and always use bed net treated with insecticide

    #If you need them, make sure you take antimalarial tablets and you take them properly, every day while you’re then and as directed afterwards

    #Keep an eye out for malaria symptoms, such as fever, and always discuss any symptoms you do get with your doctor as soon as possible

    - Nora Chidera - 2019-08-20 03:44:38 Quote

  • I remember all these vision 2010, Malaria will be forgotten, Now vision 2020, Zero Malaria. It's 2019 and the trend is still high though we had a decrease last year. 

    I really hope Nigeria gets there. Malaria is no disease In developed countries.

    - Oluwatobi Tella - 2019-08-20 18:18:31 Quote

  • A lot of people doesn't know this and its killing us day by day

    - Umar Faruk - 2019-08-22 08:56:51 Quote

  • Thats Why every elevation of body temperature is directed to Malaria always

    - YUNUSA ABDULKAREEM - 2019-08-24 01:45:31 Quote

  • It's so unfortunate that malaria kill a lot of people in Nigeria, there are various means in which this can be averted in Nigeria, one of this is to maintain a good, clean and conducive environment when the environment is clean mosquitoes cannot thrive.

    - Obagunle Paul Kehinde - 2019-08-27 15:34:36 Quote

  • Averting malaria is very easy but its just that people are less serious towards the eradication of malaria. what does it take to keep your surroundings clean . nothing much , so lets try to do so

    - Desmond Otu - 2019-08-28 08:27:23 Quote

  • As the saying goes PREVENTION is better than CURE if malaria is prevented through various measures like        public enlightment ,good drainage, etc.                               If it has affected a person treating it at its early stage would be the best thing to do. I 

    - Matthew Ajewole - 2019-08-30 09:14:50 Quote

  • I feel malaria will always remain a problem because of our environment and the location of our country. We are surrounded by an environment conducive for mosquitoes to live

    - Iheanacho Kathy - 2019-09-01 13:06:51 Quote

  • Well due to the lack of proper/hygiene environment we have heard many cases about malaria and it has caused death to many people in our country sharing mosquito nets is not enough to fight malaria but proper care of our environment and I hope government can help the citizens about that

    - Oladele Segun - 2019-09-03 11:15:49 Quote

  • Malaria is poorly handled in Nigeria because it's seen as a mere illness but on the contrary, it kills because of unhygienic environment which helps the insect to gain access to the homes and once there's transmission of the organism(P.falciparium) into the blood, it developes virulence that makes it withstand many unproductive intake of drugs and after a while the patient becomes down which can result to death

    - Godson Omejua - 2019-09-03 13:20:16 Quote

  • I can't agree less. There are lots of factors that contribute to the high mortality especially in rural areas. Apart from unavailability of adequate, efficient and affordable health services and systems, the ignorance of the people either by having negative views on medical centres, drug abuse through self medication or having an unkempt and bushy environment.

    - Abdulafiz Musa - 2019-09-04 10:35:51 Quote

  • Its so bad that our health is always taken for granted in this country. They will tell us misquote nets are free yet they are sold in some hospitals.  We on our part will not want to run medical test when sick for diagnosis, but prefer over the counter prescriptions so why won't the malaria cause death

    - Adeboyejo Daniel - 2019-09-04 15:56:42 Quote

  • Increase in death rate caused by malaria is largely due to ignorance, people take malaria with levity, there have been a lot of enlightenment done by the government, people should realize malaria is deadly

    Using of mosquito nets should be encouraged

    - Afolabi Kehinde - 2019-09-05 15:40:46 Quote

  • Malaria is one of sign and symptoms of some disease in our body system it can killed, without you doing proper treatment it can result to death, I suggests that government should try build proper drainage, water channel that it will not stop while moving to avoid mosquitoes, when we experience stagnant water in our community or backyard we should please do away with it.

    - Friday Kuje Audu - 2019-09-05 15:42:40 Quote

  • Individually we can help too but clearing the bushes in our environmentand also getting the mosquito net in order to prevent mosquito bites.Instead of doing self medication too we should rather go to the hospital and get tested so as to know if it's really malaria or typhoid cause their symptoms are almost the same.

    - Oluwatoyosi Dada - 2019-09-07 01:27:58 Quote

  • Prevention is better cure, we blame our government for everything that happens but the fact still remains that we must learn to take care of surroundings ourselves, if the government refuse to do it and we continue to live in a dirty environment who will this affect? is it not we that lives there that we suffer it. 

    Prevent malaria by keeping your environment clean from stagnant water.

    Make sure the drainage system of your area is free flow of water.

    Make your environment safe for you and your family. 

    Dont wait for the government. 

    - Oloruntobi Abiodun - 2019-09-07 18:20:29 Quote

  • It can be prevented my making sure our environments are clean.

    Nigerians are fund of messing up things even though the place has be well and nearly constructed by the government. We should know government can help us do that

    - Damilola Bankole - 2019-09-11 19:14:56 Quote

  • To eradicate malaria in Nigeria the following needs to be practiced;

    1. Clearing of bushes around the house

    2. Draining of stagnant water around houses

    3. Sleeping under insecticide treated nets

    4. Netting of windows and doors

    - Isomkwo Clement - 2019-09-15 15:28:35 Quote

  • People should be made to keep clean environments and those who don't should be punished. Then rural areas should be targeted in an attempt to sensitize them about the causes, consequences and prevention of malaria.

    - Ariyo Dorcas - 2019-09-15 22:16:18 Quote

  • Nigeria should join other African countries like Ghana to inoculate Nigerians, especially the Nigerian children against malaria. I heard that the vaccine is out and that three Afrcan countries have used it.. .. l can only remember Ghana for now.                         Our government should rise up to this menace by budgeting more for the Heath sector. Drugs should be made available and affordable in our private hospitals. Doctors and nurses should be paid well and on time so that they can feel motivated to do their job. 

    - Light Udoyo - 2019-09-16 20:48:42 Quote

  • I can't agree less..... Malaria looks common but it kills faster than every other sickness  you can think of if not treated immediately, and it also affect large amount of people considering the rate of mosquito bites we experience.

    - Mary Ogbinya - 2019-09-18 07:51:40 Quote

  • 1. Let the government work on our roads.

    2. Let them take care of our sewage disposal.

    3. Let them make all the malaria drugs available in all federal government hospitals.

    4. Let them treat the air with chemicals suitable for it. 

    This is my humble opinion. 


    - James Emmanuel - 2019-09-18 10:46:11 Quote

  • Malaria isn't such a monster killer disease, the main problem is little or no treatment of the disease which can grow immune to anti malaria medications over time. I think the best way to curb this is by learning to prevent it in the first place.

    - Eso Olabode - 2019-09-18 16:57:42 Quote

  • I'll say this is true..  Cause-of-death statistics help health authorities determine the focus of their public health actions. A country in which deaths from heart disease and diabetes rise rapidly over a period of a few years, for example, has a strong interest in starting a vigorous programme to encourage lifestyles to help prevent these illnesses. Similarly, if a country recognizes that many children are dying of pneumonia, but only a small portion of the budget is dedicated to providing effective treatment, it can increase spending in this area.

    - shafiu salihu - 2019-09-18 17:18:42 Quote

  • Malaria has been a terror to Africans at large really. We are an under developed country and as such we are still naive in the way we do some of the things concerning our health, forgetting that health is wealth. We must eradicate malaria or at least control it by using treated mosquito net. 

    - TOCHUKWU KINGSLEY OKOYE - 2019-09-18 22:17:54 Quote

  • Apart from the intervention of the government, we should also learn to keep our surroundings or environment clean. Have a hood drainage system preventing water logging by not blocking water paths with dirt.

    - Olaoye Boluwatife Samuel - 2019-09-22 12:40:52 Quote

  • To my best of knowledge, the world health organization have to provide the necessary material for malaria such as mosquitoes net, malaria drugs, and we have to prevent ourselves from drinking water that was kept out without anything else cover on the water.

    - Adamu Aziz Audu - 2019-09-22 13:25:11 Quote

  • WHO should also improve in providing most needed material or equipment to the less privileged people to save them from this dreadful disease and also we too should endeavor to keep our surroundings clean and make use or net

    - Lawrence Iheke - 2019-09-26 05:37:37 Quote

  • Malaria is caused by the bite of a female mosquitoes... It can be prevented by using mosquito nets. .malaria has killed many lives..i think more health centers should be built. So as to reduce it 

    - Favour Onyenibedi - 2019-09-27 07:41:12 Quote

  • This is because the rate at which mosquitoes reproduce is at a high rate due to our toxic wastes and the rest whereby this  mosquitoes transmitts malaria around Nigerians which mostly go untreated which often lead to death

    - Bruno Nnanna - 2019-09-27 23:03:24 Quote

  • For me I keep thinking why do we keep fighting malaria, when we can fight the cause of malaria. Why not kill mosquito by disinfectant, we do that all around our environment where people leave. Then we fight the remaining malaria case.

    - Bilya Musa - 2019-09-29 14:48:36 Quote

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