NTDs: 50m Nigerians At Risk Of Infection Yearly – WHO

29/01/2022 5:02:00 AM

NTDs: 50m Nigerians At Risk Of Infection Yearly – WHO

NTDs: 50m Nigerians At Risk Of Infection Yearly – WHO

As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to commemorate this year’s Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said

WHO’s head of mission and representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, stated this yesterday at a ministerial press briefing in Abuja to mark 2022 NTDs Day, themed: “Achieving health equity to end the neglect of poverty related diseases”.He said health inequities triggered by COVID19 had undermined economic, societal and developmental progress, nothing that focusing on NTDs provides a step forward in addressing diseases of poverty.

Mulombo noted that stigma, discrimination and mental health are neglected consequences of disability, mainly from NTD, saying eliminating NTDs would ensure an inclusive and equitable response for everyone.ADVERTISEMENTHe expressed WHO’s commitment to continuing partnership with Federal Ministry of Health and other departments, partners and stakeholders working on NTDs through provision of technical support, and innovations towards the attainment of the set targets.

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WHO’s head of mission and representative, Dr Walter Kazadi Mulombo, stated this yesterday at a ministerial press briefing in Abuja to mark 2022 NTDs Day, themed: “Achieving health equity to end the neglect of poverty related diseases”. He said health inequities triggered by COVID19 had undermined economic, societal and developmental progress, nothing that focusing on NTDs provides a step forward in addressing diseases of poverty. Mr Umoh listed “ongoing efforts by the government” to reactivate the primary healthcare sector as one of the steps to tackle NTDs in the state. Mulombo noted that stigma, discrimination and mental health are neglected consequences of disability, mainly from NTD, saying eliminating NTDs would ensure an inclusive and equitable response for everyone. They further argued that people in the communities are employed in legitimate businesses, who also contribute positively to the economy of the state. ADVERTISEMENT He expressed WHO’s commitment to continuing partnership with Federal Ministry of Health and other departments, partners and stakeholders working on NTDs through provision of technical support, and innovations towards the attainment of the set targets. The commissioner blamed the prevalence of neglected tropical diseases in the state to poverty, poor hygiene and common low-income populations. “WHO is also committed to facilitating the donation of all essential medicines for NTD as it has always done each year,” he said. “According to the World Health Organisation ( WHO ), NTDs were prevalent in areas with a high level of poverty, poor sanitation, poor access to potable water supply, poor housing conditions and poor access to qualitative health care services and ignorance,” Mr Umoh said.

ADVERTISEMENT . The commissioner said that in 2019, the Akwa Ibom State Government NTDS programme achieved 75 per cent therapeutic coverage in the five highest burden NTDs. The civil societies said, “On 19 January, 2022, a Rivers State Government Task Force visited several waterfront communities in the Diobu axis of Port Harcourt, arbitrarily marked homes for demolition and told residents they should vacate within 7 days, that is by 26 January 2022.