Nasarawa: Health ministry releases programmes to tackle NTDs

The Nasarawa state Ministry of Health, Monday, rolled out programmes for year 2021, towards achieving well-being of the people of the state.
State commissioner for health Pharm. Ahmed Baba Yahaya, disclosed the plans at a press briefing to mark the World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) celebration in Lafia.

He said with the support from the Ministry and the Carter center, the state programme intends to mobilise and train 390 health workers, 10 health facility staff, 2,540 school teachers, 737 community directed distribution, 42 school supervisors as well as 13 social mobilisation officers.
Yahaya saidthe state also intends to treat 560,00 school age children for schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes.

The commissioner however, explained that government is mindful of its neighbours who are still struggling with these diseases and the risk of re-infecting the state through border Local Government Areas (LGAs) as medicine would be sent to primary health cares centres at those border communities for treatment of such persons.

He said the state also received 199,950 tablets of mebendazole and 850,000 tablets of praziquantel from the federal ministry of health for treatment of school age children, enrolled and non-enrolled in public and private primary and junior secondary schools in the state.

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