Ogun State Ministry of Health in conjunction with UNICEF, in a bid to fight Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis and Elephantiasis, will begin the treatment of residents across 18 local government areas (excluding Ikenne and Ijebu North East) to tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
The treatment, which will begin from Thursday, April 1st to Sunday 11th April 2021, will focus on individuals from age 5 and above on prevention and treatment of diseases caused by bites from BLACK FLIES and MOSQUITOES with the administration of Ivermectin and Albendazol.
With Ogun State known as a endemic for Onchocerciasis (Inarun), Lymphatic Filariasis (Iwuse), Schistosomiasis (Atosi Aja) and Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH), Abdominal Worms (Aran Inu).
These 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 and are known to cause blindness, itching, skin rashes, blood in urine, Shortage of blood, malnutrition, stigmatization and other skin diseases, amongst others.
Hence, the mass administration exercise is designed to distribute the drugs FREE of charge by health workers and trained individuals in communities. The drugs are SAFE, EFFECTIVE and have NO SIDE EFFECTS.
Ogun State Ministry of Health