WHO: Nigeria recorded highest malaria deaths globally in 2020

WHO: Nigeria accounted for 27% of half of malaria deaths worldwide in 2020

The Globe Health Organization announced on Monday that the world was on the verge of a malaria crisis.

According to a report provided by the World Health Organization, Nigeria generated the most malaria deaths in the African area and worldwide in 2020.

It further claimed that the coronavirus pandemic-related problems resulted in tens of thousands of additional deaths.

The UN health agency discovered that COVID-19 had halted progress against the mosquito-borne disease, which had already reached a plateau prior to the pandemic.

According to the WHO, “there were an estimated 241 million cases worldwide in 2020; 14 million more than a year earlier, and the once rapidly falling death toll swelled to 627,000 last year, jumping 69,000 from 2019.”

“Approximately, two thirds of those additional deaths were linked to disruptions in the provision of malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment during the pandemic.”

The research claims that 96 percent of malaria deaths occurred in 29 countries around the world.

According to the report, 96% of malaria deaths occurred in 29 countries around the world.

“About 96 per cent of malaria deaths globally were in 29 countries. Six countries – Nigeria (27 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12 per cent), Uganda (five per cent), Mozambique (four per cent), Angola (three per cent) and Burkina Faso (three per cent) – accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths globally in 2020,” it stated.

According to the data provided by the WHO, while Africa had a total of 602,000 deaths out of a projected 627,000, Nigeria accounted for 31.9 percent of malaria deaths worldwide, followed closely by the Democratic Republic of the Congo with 13.2 percent.

In addition, on the global map released in the report, Nigeria was reported to account for 26.8 percent of the total world population.

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