Jigawa state government treated 283,673 cases of onchocerciasis (River blindness) across its 17 local government areas of 167 endemic communities in 2017.
This was indicated in the report of the state’s neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) by the control programme unit of the Ministry of Health signed by the programme coordinator, Malam Aminu Abdurahamn and made available to newsmen in Dutse. The report said a total of 595,225 males were treated while 312,552 females were treated, 85 per cent total coverage recorded during the year under review.
The report added that 781,405 people with Trachoma were treated in four vulnerable local government areas of the state, with a total of 303,945 males and 338,455 females, representing 82 per cent success coverage.
The report said a total of 5,810 people suffering from Lymphatic (Filariasis) disease across the 27 local councils of the state had 2,162,038 males and 2,342.293 female victims, showing 78 per cent treatment coverage. It added that, a total of 1,652.707 people with schistomiasis element were treated in 25 out of the 27 local government areas of the state, although the numbers of male and female victims were yet to be compiled, in terms of the treatment.
According to the report, 453,999.00 people with soil transmitted helminthes disease of children between five to 14 years old in four out of the 27 local councils of the state, with males totaling 212,892.00 and 432,128.00 females and achieved 95 per cent coverage.