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15 Villagers affected, 10 hospitalized in Bauchi – Rilwanu

Onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis has been suspected to hit Bara village in Kirfi local government area of Bauchi State.

Dr. Rilwanu Mohammed, Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), has disclosed this on Monday while briefing the press on the commemoration of the 2021 World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day celebration.

He quoted that out of 15 affected villagers, ten have been hospitalized.

“It was in the late hours of Sunday evening, that we got a report about people’s legs that were swelling up in the community.

The reports have it that 10 people have been affected.

I have directed the Disease Control Department of the agency to mobilise its team to the village to find out what the problem is.

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“We are suspecting onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis.

Considering that the local government area is one of the areas that has had cases of tropical diseases in the past.

We will swing into action to curb the spread after our preliminary investigation,” he noted.

Speaking on NTD commemoration day, Rilwanu said 1million Bauchi residents are suffering from tropical diseases, among the 1billion in the world.

Poor sanitation and lack of potable water are that causes of this disease.

He pointed out that as of now;

  • Bauchi State has onchocerciasis in 12 LGAs,
  • Lymphatic filariasis in 11 LGAs,
  • Schistosomiasis in 16 LGAs,
  • Trachoma in 2 LGAs,

Rilwanu noted that Guinea worm has already been eradicated in Nigeria.

He went further to disclose that the state was working with UNICEF and a local NGO, Mission To Save the Helpless (MITOSATH) for morbidity management and prevention.

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He said that for the 2020 treatment cycle, the state was able to collect and distribute;

  • 9 million tables of Ivermectin
  • 1.9m tablets of Albendazole
  • 1.7m tablets of Praziquantel
  • 18 motorcycles for NTDs endemic LGAs
  • Trained 500 health workers on NTD medicines supply chain management, including 500 community volunteers on hygiene promotion on collaboration with RUWASSA.

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