An unprecedented find by US researchers, capable of providing humans, for the first time in history, 100 percent protection against malaria, has offered a broad new glimpse of hope for the estimated 97% of Nigeria’s population at risk of the sickness.
The vaccine, announced this week after two years of a limited trial, can provided absolute protection if a full dosage of five intravenous injections is administered; the first time that happens experts say.
Separately, another team of researchers have also announced a new product, Kite Patch, capable of keeping people invisible from mosquitoes for up to 48 hours, furthering hope for the millions of Nigerians afflicted by malaria yearly.
Grim statistics for Nigeria
No nation is worse ravaged by malaria than Nigeria, according to WHO statistics; and alongside the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria accounts for over 40% of the estimated total of malaria deaths globally.
There are an estimated 100 million malaria cases with over 300,000 deaths per year in Nigeria, according to Nigeria malaria factsheet. This compares with 215,000 deaths per year in Nigeria from HIV/AIDS.
Malaria contributes to an estimated 11% of maternal mortality while the nation loses billions of naira yearly in treatment efforts and economic cost of the sickness.
Hope on the horizon
Kite Patch holds a faster hope that could help drive back the attack, with an adhesive square that pumps out a cocktail of human-safe chemicals that neutralises the Carbon Dioxide produced by humans – which normally is the attraction for mosquitoes...
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