Stakeholders in the health sector have advocated personal and environmental hygiene as well as taking the right medication as major ways towards tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs).
They made this known in Bauchi at an event to celebrate this year’s World NTDs Day with the theme “Achieving Health Equity to End the Neglect of Poverty Related Diseases”.
At the event organized by the Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency and an NGO Mission To Save The Helpless, NTDs State Coordinator, Nasiru Haruna Baba said the essence of the event was to sensitize people on preventive measures against the diseases.
He noted that nineteen out of twenty local government areas of the state were hit by different forms of the diseases.
Federal Ministry of Health, North East Zonal Coordinator of NTDs, Hauwa Abubakar said the diseases were preventable with right medication and observing personal and environmental hygiene.
The State Lead of MITOSATH, Mrs Esther Nbuko said they had facilitated over one hundred and thirty surgeries in the state for people with NTDs.
Executive Chairman State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr Rilwanu Mohammed said Governor Bala Mohammed’s administration has demonstrated interest towards fighting NTDs.
He noted that N9million was released for the completion of a hospital for the treatment of snake bite at Duguri, Alkaleri LGA as part of measures towards addressing the problem.
He added that the Government would not relent in its effort of protecting the lives of its people as well as improving their health status.
The NTDs include Bilharzia, Schistosomiasis, River Blindness, Lymphatic Philariasis, Brulli Ulcer, Snake and Dog bites Guinea Worm among others.
The World NTDs Day is celebrated annually on the 30th January.
Reporting by Murtala Muhammad, editing by Adeniyi Bakare