Akwa Ibom raises the alarm over prevalence of tropical diseases

Akwa Ibom raises the alarm over prevalence of tropical diseases

Akwa Ibom State Ministry of Health has raised the alarm over the prevalence of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) in 11 councils of the state.

Addressing newsmen in Uyo, yesterday, to commemorate World NTD Day, the Coordinator of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the state’s Ministry of Health and Public Relations Officer of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Aniekeme Uwa, said NTD had infected many in the state.

“There are different types. Some are endemic in all local government areas, some are endemic in about 11 while some are endemic in about four local government areas.”

“We also have some that cause rashes. And these are rashes that you treat and they just don’t heal and it also leads to blindness. Most of us have heard of river blindness spread by blackfly. So, these disease conditions are there in our state in about four councils.”

He regretted that patients of these sicknesses don’t receive the necessary attention and solicited partnership with the media, private sector, and entrepreneurs to bail out the vulnerable.

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