The World Health Organisation (WHO) has disclosed that Nigeria accounted for about 25 per cent of the global burden of malaria in 2018.
The report, however, noted a global drop in malaria cases last year.
The World malaria report 2019 released on Wednesday showed that though there was a dip in the number of malaria cases reported in 2018 as compared to the previous year, there is a need for more efforts and funds to fight the disease.
According to the report, 228 million malaria cases were reported in 2018, which is marginally lower than the number of cases in 2017 (231 million).
The report stated that, Nigeria, 18 other countries in sub-Saharan Africa, and India accounted for about 85 per cent of the global burden of the disease in 2018.
The prevalence of malaria remains a major concern among countries, international health organisations and donor partners who have been working tirelessly to eliminate the disease.
Malaria is mostly caused by plasmodium falciparum vivax parasites. This is usually transmitted through the female anopheles mosquito.
According to the WHO report, six African countries – Nigeria (25 per cent), the Democratic Republic of the Congo (12 per cent), Uganda (5 per cent), and Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Niger (4 per cent each) – accounted for more than half of all malaria cases worldwide.