Malaria is a significant public health problem in Nigeria. It is one of the leading causes of illness and death in the country, particularly among children under the age of five and pregnant women.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Nigeria accounts for about 25% of global malaria cases, with an estimated 53 million cases and 81,640 deaths in 2020 alone.
Malaria transmission in Nigeria is highest in the southern and central regions of the country, which have a higher prevalence of the Anopheles mosquito species that transmit the disease.
Other factors that contribute to the high burden of malaria in Nigeria include inadequate access to healthcare, poor sanitation and hygiene, and a lack of effective malaria prevention measures.
To address this problem, the Nigerian government has implemented several strategies to combat malaria, including the distribution of insecticide-treated bed nets, the use of effective antimalarial drugs, and the implementation of indoor residual spraying programs.
However, there is still a need for increased investment in malaria control measures in Nigeria to reduce the burden of the disease and improve health outcomes for the population.