Malaria deaths could double in Africa – WHO warns

Malaria deaths could double in Africa – WHO warns

The number of deaths from malaria in sub-Saharan Africa could be double the annual rate this year owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned.

African countries usually account for over 90% of the more than 400,000 deaths from malaria recorded each year.

But new analysis by the WHO indicates nearly 760,000 people in the region could die from the mosquito-borne disease.

The WHO says border closures and travel restrictions imposed to halt the spread of Covid-19 could disrupt the supply of medicine and insecticide-treated nets that help prevent malaria.

It could lead to a return to malaria mortality levels last seen 20 years ago.

The UN body is urging countries to increase the distribution of such supplies while they can.

source: BBC

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