Ibadan - Global Shapers’ Community, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), on Friday said that one out of every five maternal deaths in the country was caused by malaria.
Olamide Olaniyan, the NGO’s Director of Project, made the assertion in Ibadan at an awareness campaign ahead of the April 25 World Malaria Day.
The day's theme, Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria is to encourage continued investment in the fight against the dreaded disease.
"While the data is sometimes inconclusive, we have heard it now that one out of every five maternal deaths is as a result of malaria.
"This shows that it kills more pregnant women than HIV/AIDS and it serves as a major contributing factor to maternal mortality rate.
"Also, one out of every malaria incidence in the world happens in Nigeria,’’ Olaniyan said.
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According to him, the severity of the disease was grossly underestimated and this had resulted in sometimes avoidable complications arising from the disease.
Olaniyan said the dearth of medical personnel; self-medication and fake drugs were major contributing factors to the high rate of malaria deaths.
He called for more functioning primary health centres with the presence of at least a doctor in each centre to ensure that people had access to a physician and to discourage self-medication.