Malaria vaccine as respite to children and pregnant women

Malaria vaccine as respite to children and pregnant women

Nigeria began the Implementation of the Global Fund 2021-2023 Malaria Grant on April 14, 2021, to assist the elimination of the illness and the development of a resilient, sustainable health system.

Following a 70-year-long campaign, China has eradicated malaria and will be declared malaria-free by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 2021.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Country Representative in Nigeria, Dr. Walter Kazadi Mulombo, was speaking at the launch of the Malaria component of the Global Fund Grant in Nigeria.

He stated that the fund will soon utilise the US government’s 3.5 billion dollar commitment to provide fresh monies to assist PPE, community support, risk communication, and logistics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that the RTS,S/AS01 malaria vaccine be widely used among children in Sub-Saharan Africa and other areas with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.

The recommendation is based on the findings of an ongoing pilot programme in Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi which has touched over 800,000 children since 2019.

The Director-General of Cross River Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr Janet Ekpenyong, told NAN that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) malaria vaccination proposal was “promising”.

She said: “Once the vaccine is available and approved by the Federal Government, and the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration, and Control performs pharmacovigilance on it, we will immediately begin the process of educating our people about its benefits”.

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