Malaria Killed 22,000 People In Kano Last Year – Commissioner


Kano State Commissioner for Health, Dr Kabiru Getso, said on Monday that the state recorded about 22,000 deaths in 2015 due to malaria attacks.

The commissioner spoke in Kano at a news conference to mark the World Malaria Day.

Getso said that the number in the state was high because of environmental challenges, adding that it remained the major health concern of the state.

“The present administration recently purchased N59 million worth of items to curb malaria in the state and these include malaria test machines, drugs as well as mosquitoes nets,” he said.

Getso also said that the state had embarked on special training of health workers from the 44 local government areas on malaria management.

In 2015, there were 214 million new cases of malaria and more than 400,000 malaria-related deaths. Africa accounted for 90 percent of these deaths. Two countries, Nigeria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, together account for more than 35 percent of global malaria deaths.