2 Million Cross Riverians Living With Neglected Tropical Diseases – CRSG, Plans Total Elimination By 2020

Participants at the Eye Care training workshop

By Ogar Monday

Participants at the NTDs training workshop

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) will be totally eliminated by the year 2020 says the Cross River State Government.

The state also says it is the first to have included NTDs in its Federal Government funded ‘Save One Million Lives’ Program.

The Health Commissioner, Dr. Inyang Asibong stated this during a two day training of Trainers workshop on Integrated Mass Administration of Medicines (MAMs) for NTDs held in Calabar, the Cross River State capital where she said the burden of NTDs in the state currently exceeds 2 million persons.

However, Asibong says treatment for NTDs has reached 1.9 million people from 1.3 in the previous year and disclosed the training will ensure hat more people are reached.

The Resident Program Advisor, Research Triangle Institute International, Ben Nwobi said NTDs have been allowed to cause havoc, because as the name suggest, they have been neglected.

Nwobi said the state is taking the right steps  as the trainees will be expected to help the government reach its goal in the program which also includes raising awareness and the empowerment of the people.

One of the resource persons, Helen Nwokedi in her paper pointed out that the need to work with local communities and local health agents for effective community mobilization for MAMs cannot be underestimated.

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2 Comments on 2 Million Cross Riverians Living With Neglected Tropical Diseases – CRSG, Plans Total Elimination By 2020

    • According to WHO, Neglected tropical diseases are:

      Dengue: A mosquito-borne infection causing flu-like illness that may develop into severe dengue and cause lethal complications.

      Rabies: A preventable viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of infected dogs that is invariably fatal once symptoms develop.

      Trachoma: A chlamydial infection transmitted through direct contact with infectious eye or nasal discharge, or through indirect contact with unsafe living conditions and hygiene practices, which left untreated causes irreversible corneal opacities and blindness.

      Buruli ulcer: A debilitating mycobacterial skin infection causing severe destruction of the skin, bone and soft tissue.

      Yaws: A chronic bacterial infection affecting mainly the skin and bone.

      Leprosy: A complex disease caused by infection mainly of the skin, peripheral nerves, mucosa of the upper respiratory tract and eyes.

      Chagas disease: A life-threatening illness transmitted to humans through contact with vector insects (triatomine bugs), ingestion of contaminated food, infected blood transfusions, congenital transmission, organ transplantation or laboratory accidents.

      Human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness): A parasitic infection spread by the bites of tsetse flies that is almost 100% fatal without prompt diagnosis and treatment to prevent the parasites invading the central nervous system.

      Leishmaniases: Disease transmitted through the bites of infected female sandflies that in its most severe (visceral) form attacks the internal organs and in its most prevalent (cutaneous) form causes face ulcers, disfiguring scars and disability.

      Taeniasis and neurocysticercosis: An infection caused by adult tapeworms in human intestines; cysticercosis results when humans ingest tapeworm eggs that develop as larvae in tissues.

      Dracunculiasis (guinea-worm disease): A nematode infection transmitted exclusively by drinking-water contaminated with parasite-infected water fleas.

      Echinococcosis: Infection caused by the larval stages of tapeworms forming pathogenic cysts in humans and transmitted when ingesting eggs most commonly shed in faeces of dogs and wild animals.

      Foodborne trematodiases: Infection acquired by consuming fish, vegetables and crustaceans contaminated with larval parasites; clonorchiasis, opisthorchiasis and fascioliasis are the main diseases.

      Lymphatic filariasis: Infection transmitted by mosquitoes causing abnormal enlargement of limbs and genitals from adult worms inhabiting and reproducing in the lymphatic system.

      Onchocerciasis (river blindness): Infection transmitted by the bite of infected blackflies causing severe itching and eye lesions as the adult worm produces larvae and leading to visual impairment and permanent blindness.

      Schistosomiasis: Trematode infections transmitted when larval forms released by freshwater snails penetrate human skin during contact with infested water.

      Soil-transmitted helminthiases: Nematode infections transmitted through soil contaminated by human faeces causing anaemia, vitamin A deficiency, stunted growth, malnutrition, intestinal obstruction and impaired development.

      Mycetoma is a chronic, progressively destructive inflammatory skin disease which usually affects the lower limbs. Infection is thought to be caused by the inoculation, through a thorn prick or skin damage, of fungi or bacteria into the subcutaneous tissue.

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