700m at risk of schistosomiasis in 74 countries – Expert

Statistics based on the National Demographic Survey have indicated that over 700 million people are at risk of schistosomiasis disease in 74 countries across the world.

According to the statistics, 240 million people have already been infected with schistosomiasis across the globe.

The Sightsaver officer in state, Ahmed Ibrahim, disclosed this at a press conference on Friday, at the end of the mass administration of medicine for the and control of bilharziasis across the 14 councils.

He said the exercise was targeted school-age children between five and 14 years old, adding that based on the reports of the school-based indicated that at least 900,000 pupils were treated for bilharziasis with sufficient tablets of Plaziquantel during the exercise.

“Schistosomiasis ranks second only to malaria as the most common parasitic disease, particularly common in sub-Saharan , and it mainly occurs in poorer that don’t have access to clean drinking water or enough sanitation,” he said.

Ibrahim said the exercise was conducted between the Sightsaver in partnership with the Ministry of , SUBEB, state Primary Board, Female Board, National Homegrown School Feeding state, civil society organisations and more than 1,765 head teachers from primary and junior secondary schools administered the drugs on the children.

He urged parents and guardians not to allow their children to swim in stagnated ponds and water streams to prevent and control bilharziasis among them.

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