Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fighting Malaria..."Nothing But Net"

Worldwide, an estimated 200 million to 300 million malaria infections occur each year, with 2 million to 3 million deaths. In an attempt to better combat malaria infections, the government of Nigeria will be distributing 63 million mosquito treated bed nets in the year 2010.

The Minister of Health, Prof. Babatunde Osotimehin stated that "it was sad that malaria had remained a major contributor to morbidity in Nigeria leading to frequent hospital visitis, absenteeism from schools and low academics performance.

Efforts such as these are in line with Millennium Development Goal #6 - to combat AIDS / HIV, malaria, and other diseases.

- Tiffanie Depew

SOURCE: The Punch