The World Health Organization (WHO) says Nigeria was responsible for 31% of all malaria-related deaths worldwide in 2021.
In spite of COVID-19’s ongoing effects, the organization stated in its world malaria report published on Thursday that malaria cases and fatalities remained stable in 2021.
Globally, according to the WHO, there were 247 million cases of malaria and 619,000 deaths from the disease in 2021, up two million instances and down six million fatalities from the pandemic’s beginning in 2019.
Nigeria was one of four nations that, according to the report, accounted for over half of all cases worldwide and for more than half of all malaria deaths.
“Twenty-nine countries accounted for 96% of malaria cases globally, and four countries – Nigeria (27%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12%), Uganda (5%) and Mozambique (4%) – accounted for almost half of all cases globally,” the report reads.
“About 96% of malaria deaths globally were in 29 countries. Four countries accounted for just over half of all malaria deaths globally in 2021: Nigeria (31%), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (13%), the Niger (4%) and the United Republic of Tanzania (4%).”