Neglected Tropical Diseases Resurface in Modern Day Zimbabwe…55 Districts Under Siege

MAJORITY of Zimbabweans who grew up in communal areas or even those who were born in farming communities when Zimbabwe’s commercial farming was still at its peak should be familiar with diseases such as Bilharzia, worms and Trachoma. By Michael Gwarisa Owing to efforts from government and the donor community, steps to mitigate the spread of such diseases have been put in place trough interventions such as mass drug administrations, vaccinations, dispensing of oral tablets to get rid of gut worms, fumigating stagnant water ponds amongst a host of other…

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Ministry Embarks on Massive Drug Administration For Trachoma

THE Ministry of Health and Child Care is embarking on a mass drug administration exercise for blinding trachoma targeting both children and adults. SOURCE: CHRONICLE The drug administration began in three districts on Monday and is set to end on February 23. Blinding trachoma is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium which causes the roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. The roughening can lead to blindness. Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa said the programme is targeting both children and adults. “Everyone living in endemic…

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