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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Anambra State Government In Collaboration With The Carter Centre, Commences 2017 Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Drug Distribution in the State.

Anambra State Ministry of Health in Collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, The Carter Centre and other partner Agencies have commenced the 2017 distribution of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) drugs in the state.

The exercise which have been a yearly activity in the state for more than 10 years is geared towards the eradication of the four key Neglected Tropical Diseases namely; Elephantiasis (Lymphatic Filariasis) caused by the bite of an infected Mosquito, River blindness (Onchocerciasis) caused by the bite of an infected blackfly, Soil Transmitted Helminthes (Intestinal Worms) caused by tiny worms and Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis) caused by tiny worm found in dirty and stagnant water by 2025.

Addressing a team from The Carter Centre on Advocacy visit in his office at Jerome Udeorji Secretariat, Awka, Hon. Commissioner for Health Dr. Joe Akabuike said that the Health well-being of the people of the State has been of paramount important to the state government under the leadership of Governor Wille Obiano, the Executive Governor of Anambra State, stressing that this year drug distribution will be Judiciously distributed and effectively supervised to make sure that it gets to everybody in the state from 5years and above.

Dr. Akabuike also stated that since 2010 the result so far in respect to River blindness shows that the transmission is suspected to have been interrupted, and recent epidemiological evaluations have shown that the prevalence has been drastically reduced from pre-control in 1997/2000 to elimination stage now.

Advising everybody from 5years and above to avail themselves of this opportunity and get treated as the drugs will be distributed from state to L.G.As down to the Community, Villages, Churches, Market e.t.c. The treatment will be door to door. And it is FREE and VERY SAFE.

By Nwokedi Nwanneka A.C

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