Malaria, globally, makes 3.3 billion people in over 106 countries at risk of the disease but as the World celebrates Malaria’s Day on Monday, In Geneva the World’s health Organization has promised to create a malaria free environment in some states.
One of the goals of the World Health Organisation’s 2016-2030 programme against this deadly disease is to wipe it out in at least 10 countries by the end of this decade.
“WHO estimates that 21 countries are in a position to achieve this goal of fighting this mosquitoe disease, including six countries in the African Region, where the burden of the disease is heaviest,” the Geneva-based organisation said in a statement.
In South Africa the elimination of malaria is a public health objective.
The country registered 11 700 cases of the disease in 2014 down from 64 000 in 2000 with most diagnoses coming from areas bordering Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
“Through targeted action and cross-border collaboration, South Africa has the potential to eliminate this mosquitoe disease by 2020,” the WHO report said.
The other countries the organization believes could achieve this objective are China, Malaysia and South Korea that are from Asia continent.
There are also eight Latin American nations Costa Rica, Belize, El Salvador, Mexico, Argentina, Paraguay, Ecuador and Suriname,as well as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Oman, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Timor-Leste and Nepal
Some 214 million people suffered from this mosquitoe disease last year of which 438,000 died from malaria, according to the organisation.
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