ALMOST EVERYONE IN NIGERIA HAS HAD MALARIA AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE. TODAY, MEDICAL AND LIFE SCIENCES MAY HAVE FOUND A WAY TO WIN THE LONG BATTLE AGAINST MALARIA WITH A VACCINE CALLED RTS,S.
Malaria is one of the most severe global public health problems around the world today but the weight of this problem rests on Africa (Sub-Saharan Africa), where Nigeria has the greatest number of malaria cases. The WHO has announced a big news and this should get you excited, scientists have finally discovered the first-ever vaccine against malaria!
With a go-ahead order to proceed with trial, the discovered vaccine called RTS,S will be distributed and used on about 750,000 children in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi starting next year. Researchers and scientists will continue to monitor and analyze the vaccine’s effectiveness and safety.
The fight against malaria has been an old one but this may just be the big break in life and medical sciences. According to WHO, there’s been about a 62% drop in deaths credited to malaria (2015) and about 41% reduction in the number of cases. These numbers are great and impressive worldwide but knowing that Nigeria still has the highest number of malaria cases remains disturbing. With this new vaccine, thousands of Nigerians and Africans will most likely be saved. The vaccine is to be administered in four doses over 18 months long spread. In clinical trials, the vaccine prevented 4 in 10 cases, reducing the need for hospitalization or blood transfusion.