Nation Striving to Eliminate River Blindness by 2020

21 Dec 2017
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Addis Ababa December 21/2017 Ethiopia is striving to abolish river blindness (Onchocerciasis), one of the eight neglected tropical diseases, within three years, according to Ministry of Health.

The ministry disclosed today that it has fully controlled the transmission of the disease in six woredas of Amhara region.

Neglected Tropical Diseases Team Leader at the ministry, Nebiyou Nigusu said more than one million people in the woredas are now treated and cured from the disease.

Ethiopia has also succeeded in exceeding the least requirement of treating the disease at least once between 10 and 15 years set by World Health Organization, he said, adding medicine was distributed in the woredas twice in five years.

According to him, the ministry will conduct assessment from three to five years in the woredas to fully declare the elimination of the disease.

Onchocerciasis (river blindness) is found in five regions of the country, namely Amhara, Gambella, Oromia, Benishangul-Gumuz, and Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples.

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