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Ogun Tackles River Blindness, Elephantiasis, Begins Mass Treatment Of Residents

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From Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

Ogun State Ministry of Health has commenced  mass treatment of residents with ivermectin and albendazole across 18 local government areas (excluding Ikenne and Ijebu North East) to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases ( NTDs).

The exercise which began on Thursday, focuses on individuals from age 5 and above sought to prevent and treat Onchocerciasis (Inarun), Lymphatic Filariasis, Elephantiasis (Iwuse); which are caused by the bites of BLACK FLIES and MOSQUITOES respectively.

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), are a group of communicable diseases of public health importance that are associated with poverty, poor housing conditions, inadequate water supply and unhygienic conditions.

Ogun State is endemic for Onchocerciasis (Inarun), Lymphatic Filariasis (Iwuse), Schistosomiasis (Atosi Aja) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH), Abdominal Worms (Aran Inu).

The Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker, said this informed the recourse to mass administration exercise which is designed to distribute these  drugs FREE of charge by health workers and trained individuals in communities.  

According to Coker, these group of diseases causes blindness, itching, skin rashes, blood in urine, Shortage of blood, malnutrition, stigmatization, skin diseases among others.

She said the drugs are safe, effective and have no side effects and that treatment is being carried in conjunction with UNICEF.


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