FCTA begins house-to-house treatment of river blindness, elephantiasis

Public Health Department of Federal Capital Territory Authority (FCTA) has commenced its annual house-to-house treatment of onchocerciasis (river blindness) and lymphatic filaris (elephantiasis) disease for persons above five years.

Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, said this on Tuesday at inauguration of exercise in Kuchigoro community, Abuja.

Kawu said exercise was under 2021 Mass Administration of Medicine (MAM) for onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.

Acting Secretary was represented by Dr Doris John, Ag Director, Public Health Department.

John said exercise was part of control strategy by government to prevent, reduce the spread and eradicate some of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).

He associated disease with poverty, areas that have poor sanitation, inadequate or lack of safe water sources and sub- housing conditions, which were more prevalent amongst low-income populations in Africa.

Kawu, while commending Federal Ministry of Health and international NGOs for its supports towards curtailing disease, urged public to cooperate with the Directed Distributors (CDD) and health workers to administer medicines.

Also, Abdrahman Sadiq, Head Public Health Department, FCTA, disclosed that elephantiasis was endemic in Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwlada and like area councils, while river blindness is endemic in all six area councils.

Sadiq was represented by Musa Alhassan, Deputy Director, Disease Control Division, Public Health Department, FCTA.

“Presently Lymphatic Filariasis disease is endemic in Abaji, Bwari, Gwagwlada and like area councils, while onchocerciasis is endemic in all six area councils,” Sadiq said.

He explained that the department with the support of an International organisation, Christofel Blinden Mission (CBM) would give out free medication, treated mosquito nets to prevent the spread of malaria.

The CBM Country Director, Dr Bright Ekweremadu, represented by Mr Joseph Kumbur, Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs) expressed their commitment towards improving the health status of the nation.

The Chief of Kuchigoro community, Ibrahim Wanbi, expressed appreciation to the government and other organisations for their supports towards  improving the lives of the people and reducing the prevalence of diseases. (NAN)