Malaria: Vaccine Expansion In Africa Will Save Pregnant Women, Children – WHO

The World Health Organisation says an increase in malaria vaccines in Africa will boost access to malaria prevention and save the lives of pregnant women, nursing mothers, and young people.

An official of the WHO in Ekiti State, Isaac Adedayo, disclosed this during the 2024 World Malaria Day sensitisation walk and celebration organised by the Ekiti State Ministry of Health in Ado Ekiti.

While revealing that Nigeria would soon be among African countries to benefit from malaria vaccines, he advocated an increase in the coverage of insecticide-treated nets to win the battle against the malaria scourge especially as it affects pregnant women and children.

The WHO official said, “Wider rollout of life-saving malaria vaccines in Africa is moving forward, with the vaccine already protecting children in Cameroon, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi, and more countries targeting introductions in the coming weeks and through 2024. I can tell you that Nigeria will soon be among the countries enjoying malaria vaccines.

“Efforts must continue to increase bed net coverage and use. In 2022, only about half – 56 per cent- of young children in sub-Saharan Africa, slept under an insecticide-treated net.”

On her part, the Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Ministry of Health, Olusola Gbenga-Igotun, advised pregnant women and nursing mothers to shun habits that breed mosquitoes and embrace good hygiene practices.

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