The Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) says no fewer than 122 million people in Nigeria are at risk of getting Neglected Tropical Disease (NTDs).
Dr Chukwuma Anyaike, Director and National Coordinator of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) Control/Elimination/Eradication Programme at the FMoH, made the disclosure on Thursday at a two-day media dialogue at Ibadan.
The dialogue was organised by the Child Rights Information Bureau (CRIB) Federal Ministry of Information and Culture in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
Anyaike said that NTDs are a group of 20 disease conditions that are common on tropical or subtropical regions and are closely associated with poverty, poor sanitation, lack of water sources, substandard housing condition and deficient health care access.
Some of the diseases include Lymphatic Filariasis ( Elephantiasis), Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis (STH), Onchocerciasis (River blindness), Trachoma (Granular Conjunctivitis) and Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia).
“The diseases are called neglected because they tend to affect the world’s poorest and received less attention than other diseases.
“It is estimated that 122 million people in Nigeria are affected or at risk of getting NTDs.
“Of the number, 20 per cent are pre-school age children, 28 per cent are school-age children and 52 per cent are adults”. (Guardian)