Malaria claims 84 lives in Nigeria's Gombe State in 2010

14:02, July 03, 2011      

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A total of 84 deaths were recorded from the 26,494 cases of malaria in Nigeria's Gombe State in 2010, health officials have disclosed.

State officer in charge of malaria control in the area Adama Muazu disclosed this on Friday at a ceremony to mark the World Malaria Day.

She said out of the figure, 3,308 were pregnant women, 10,427 were children under ages 0-5, while 12,759 were children above five years.

Chairman of Akko local government area, Baba Fulani, said malaria was a deadly disease that killed young and old, rich and poor, stressing the need for collective efforts in fighting it.

He said the council had not relented in providing drugs for the treatment of malaria and clearing of drainages, among other measures adopted as part of its contribution to the roll back malaria program.

Fulani appealed to the state government to re-introduce the monthly environmental sanitation exercise to check indiscriminate dumping of refuse in some communities.

He also urged traditional and religious leaders to help in creating awareness on the need to maintain a healthy environment.

Source: Xinhua
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