The World Health Organization (WHO), has said Africa accounts for at least 94% of all malaria cases in the world.
This was contained in a report presented by WHO Director General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus at an event to commemorate World Malaria day.
He noted that Children under five years in African region contributed to two-thirds of global deaths from the disease in 2019.
Ghebreyesus revealed that in 2019, about 229 million cases of malaria were recorded out of which over 400 hundred thousand deaths occurred in 87 countries.
He further said the emergence of COVID-19 in 2020 had led to the disruption on responses given to malaria, therefore, leading to a surge in deaths.
According to him, lockdowns and restrictions on the movement of people and goods led to delays in the delivery of insecticide-treated mosquito nets or insecticide spraying campaigns.
The DG, however urged countries to maintain essential Health services and ensured that community and health workers were protected from COVID-19 transmission.
He also announced the launch of the E-2025 initiative which identifies 25 countries that have the potential to stamp out malaria within a five-year timeline.