The World Health Organisation Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, said that the malaria death rate in Nigeria has fallen by 55 per cent.

Moeti said this while launching the 2022 Nigeria Malaria Report in Abuja at the high-level meeting with the Ministers of Health and Social Welfare with the Joint Mission by the Executive Director, Global Fund and the United States Global AIDS Coordinator to Nigeria.

Moeti also said Nigeria has made progress on HIV between 2015 and 2021, meeting two of the 95-95-95 goals, and tuberculosis intervention coverage is improving, with increasing case detection over the same period.

The 95-95-95 goals refer to a set of targets related to the global response to HIV/AIDS.

The Regional Director, however, said addressing the prevention, elimination, and control of malaria and the burden of other diseases requires critical data and information gathering for evidence-based investment and decision-making.

On his part, the Coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Prof. Ali Pate, said the government will work with development partners and the private sector to pull resources together to improve health outcomes in the country.