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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Nigeria : Malaria kills 300,000 children in Nigeria

Via Xinhua:

" An estimated 300,000 children die of malaria every year in Nigeria, according to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Paula Fedeski, UNICEF's chief communication officer disclosed this in a statement sent to reporters in Abuja on Sunday.

Malaria remains a major public health problem in Nigeria, the statement said, noting that an estimated 300,000 children die of the disease each year.

According to the international body, up to 11 percent of maternal mortality is caused by malaria, which represents one in every four deaths of children and one in 10 deaths of pregnant women.

UNICEF said about 900 million U.S. dollars is lost to malaria annually in prevention and treatment costs and productivity loss.

"It is not difficult to see that in addition to its direct health impact, the disease imposes a heavy social and economic burden," the statement said, adding that malaria still remained the number one killer of children and thousand of adults in the country."

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