World NTDs Day: I.4m Children In Ogun At Risk Of Leprosy, Others - Coker - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

World NTDs Day: I.4m Children In Ogun At Risk Of Leprosy, Others - Coker

                                     
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From Heritage Odih,
Abeokuta

Aproximately 1.4 Children  of school age as well as 1.6 other people in Ogun state are vulnerable to the  Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTDs), the Commissioner for Health in the state, Dr. Tomi Coker, has disclosed.

Coker, who made  this known in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, disclosed futher that several thousands of people  are contending with complications arising from NTDs.

Coker listed Leprosy, Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil transmitted Helminthes  and Buruli Ulcer as the NTDs found to be endemic in 18 Local Government Areas in Ogun state.

There are 20 Local Government Areas in the State according to the Nigerian Constitution.

The Commissioner who spoke on Wednesday while  briefing reporters ahead of this year edition of World NTDs Day which is globally slated for every January 30, said NTDs are a group of infectious diseases associated with poverty.

She said about 1.5 billion individuals across 149 countries are affected by NTDs with 40% of them found in sub - Saharan Africa and with Nigeria accounting for a quarter of that figure.

She also noted that these diseases come with a huge burden on the sufferers, with many of them already developing disabilities with the attendant negative socioeconomic consequences.

Coker said there will be sensitization in schools and communities as well as awareness walk across the state as measures to prevent the diseases and  as a way to mark the 2020 World NTDs Day themed, "Beat NTDs: For Good For All."

She recalled the achievements recorded by the state government in combating the diseases, saying the State NTDs programme had treated 780, 657 school - age children in 6000 schools in 2019 and trained 8,500 teachers on NTDs within the same period.

The Commissioner also disclosed that 2,874,380 people across the state's 18 endemic LGAs, were treated in 2018 with support from UNICEF while 5000 community directed distributors were also trained on NTDs within the period in focus.





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