02-12-2020 by redazione
Precisely from the World Health Organization, the same one that has contributed to spreading the culture of the global dangerousness of Covid-19, comes an important warning that concerns the whole Sub-Saharan Africa: malaria kills much more than Covid-19 and this year its deaths are even more observed.
In 2020, deaths from malaria, partly due to the health emergency created by the coronavirus pandemic, will far exceed those killed by Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa, WHO warned at a virtual press conference.
"More than 409,000 people were killed by malaria last year worldwide," WHO writes in its latest global report on malaria, "most of them babies in the poorest parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, and this year Covid-19 will almost certainly raise the price to pay in 2020.
According to experts, it is very likely that the mortality rate for malaria will be much higher than that due to Covid-19.
"According to our estimates, depending on how long the interruption of malaria prevention and treatment services will last," said Pedro Alonso, Director of the WHO Malaria Programme, "there could be an excess of 20,000 to 100,000 more deaths in sub-Saharan Africa, most of them young children.
The WHO report found that in 2019 there were 229 million cases of malaria worldwide and said that despite the unprecedented challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, many countries around the world fought hard on all fronts against the disease.
"But long-term success in achieving a malaria-free world within a generation is far from assured," said Alonso.
Some of the African countries most affected by malaria, such as Kenya, have struggled to make significant progress since 2016. Because of the continued transmission of malaria through anopheles mosquitoes in many parts of the world, half the world's population is at risk of contracting the disease - which still kills one child every two minutes. Despite this, global attention and funding has been diverted to the new emergency, making the deaths of children more likely to be prevented.
Not to mention that more or less everything has been known about malaria for more than forty years and that the vaccine has not yet been commercialised, but for Covid-19, which attacks not only the poor in Third World countries.
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