*‘Proposed cuts in U.S. funding to Nigeria, 18 others will cause 67m more cases, 290,649 deaths in four years’ The World Health Organisation (WHO) has raised fresh alarm that malaria, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV) and tuberculosis (TB) may become untreatable soon. According to the WHO, globally, 480 000 people develop multi-drug resistant TB each year, and drug resistance is starting to complicate the fight against HIV and malaria, as well. Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) happens when microorganisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs”.
Sokoto state government says it has received items worth N3 billion to tackle malaria in the state, even as it is working to achieve malaria control by 2020. The state’s Health Commissioner, Dr Balarabe Kakale disclosed this while speaking on the ongoing fight against malaria in the state. He said “the global target for the elimination of the disease is 2030, while the state is targeting the elimination of the disease by 2025.” Kakale said the anti-malaria items which included three million insecticide treated nets, insecticides and sprayers, among others, were purchased by the state government in collaboration with the Federal Government and development partners such as USAID, Presidential Malaria Initiative and the Federal Ministry of Health. The commissioner said out of the
Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that is commonly carried by the female anopheles mosquito which feeds on human blood. Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates that for instance, in 2013, 198 million clinical cases of malaria occurred, and 500,000 people died of malaria, most of them children in Africa. Because malaria causes so much illness and death, the disease is a great drain on many national economies. Every year the UN through its health agency, the World Health Organisation (WHO), marks World Malaria Day with a view to mitigating the destructive effects of the killer tropical disease. In this special write-up PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA takes us through the current actions of the global agency and its partners with a view to r...
An International Organisation, Malaria No More (MNM), on Wednesday called on countries to buckle up to the battle against malaria as the scourge is yet to be defeated. The organisation’s Chief Executive Officer, Martin Edlund, in a statement issued in Abuja, said that more still had to be done to end malaria. Edlund said that despite the historic progress, malaria remained a daily threat, with half the world’s population still at risk. “’In 2015, there were 429,000 malaria deaths and 212 million malaria cases; a child still dies from malaria every two minutes. “In Sub-Saharan Africa, which, in 2015, contributed 90 per cent of malaria cases and 92 per cent of malaria deaths, the disease is the leading cause of missed days of school and worker absenteeism. “The malaria fight is a great
Malaria being knocked out by the zeramal Brand: A deluge of exciting testimonies are currently trailing Zeramal brands of anti-malarial across major pharmacies and drugstores in the 36 states of the Federation as a result of its efficacy to knock out malaria. The Group managing director of KCH, Pharm. Chris Ukah, who broke the news recently in Lagos, said in a statement that the increasing number of satisfactory remarks pouring in daily in recent months from members of the public and healthcare practitioners who had relied on the anti-malarial actions of Zeramal affirms that the product enjoys high acceptability among Nigerians. Zeramal brands are among the staple products from KCH Consumer Healthcare Limited, an emerging indigenous pharmaceutical marketing giant based in Lagos. Accord
Care givers, parents and paediatrics staff of hospitals can now heave a sigh of relief because the days of struggling with children while administering anti-malaria drugs on them are over following the arrival of Zeramal TS anti-malaria drug into the Nigerian market. Zeramal TS, an ingenious innovation from Kuka Consumer Healthcare Limited a subsidiary of KCH Group, a company renowned for quality and affordable pharmaceutical drug products in Nigeria, is designed to assist children swallow anti-malaria tablets with minimum disgust. In an interview with the Superintendent Pharmacist of KCH, Pharm. Chris Ukah, told PharmaTimes in Lagos, that “The product is the manifestation of in-depth thought and research by the KCH Group in our desire to meet the hopes of our numerous customers across t
A bloodless malaria diagnostics tool called Urine Malaria Test (UMT) has been launched by Fyodor Biotechnology Corporation. Speaking during the official unveiling of the malaria test kit in Lagos, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fyodor Biotechnology Corporation both USA and Nigeria, Dr Eddy Agbo said the goal is to raise the standard of care in malaria diagnosis and treatment in the country. He said UMT was informed by the primary need for prompt diagnosis of malaria especially in the private sector, adding that it is designed to bridge the gap in controlling malaria in Nigeria. Agbo described the UMT test as one that requires no blood, no reagents and no equipment to carry out the simple process of identifying whether a particular malaria illness is caused by
An official of the Federal Ministry of Health, Mrs. Evelyn Agbanyim has said more than 700 babies die daily in Nigeria due to lack of hygiene to ward off preventable infections at birth. She identified the major causes of neonatal deaths in Nigeria to include low birth weight, birth asphyxia and infections, which account for 80 per cent of deaths among children. Agbanyim, who spoke at an awareness seminar in Awka on how to stem the tide of neonatal mortality in Nigeria, attributed the development to ignorance, poor funding and ineffective application of life-saving neonatal commodities for women and children’s health. According to her, the Federal Government decided to carry the campaign to the relevant stakeholders in the country following the worrisome situation, adding that those tar