M2 PRESSWIRE-August 8, 2019-: Elephantiasis (Lymphatic Filariasis
) Pipeline Review, H1 2019 Edition
"To date, all stocks of filariasis
kits, CD4 cartridge kits, Tuberculin PPD, and Japanese encephalitis vaccines have already been distributed," the DOH said.
Diagnostic supplies worth P23.75 million meant to diagnose Filariasis
. These will expire in October.
As Yumang explained, 'Filariasis
is a disease obtained from parasites brought about by night-biting mosquitoes.
was present in up to 24.2% of SMM patients but in only 5.3% of non-SMM patients (p<0.01).
The exercise which has been a yearly activity in the state since its twelve years inception is geared towards the eradication of the four-key Neglected Tropical Diseases namely; Elephantiasis (Lymphatic Filariasis
) caused by the bite of an infected Mosquito, River blindness (Onchocerciasis) caused by the bite of an infected blackfly, Soil-Transmitted Helminths (Intestinal Worms) caused by tiny worms and Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis) caused by tiny worm found in dirty and stagnant water.
figure By VERAH OKEYO Kenya is the first country in Africa to pilot a new treatment for elephantiasis, the Health ministry has announced.The triple drug therapy, known as IDA, is a combination of three drugs for lymphatic filariasis
(elephantiasis) with potential to reduce treatment time considerably.
(LF), a parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes, is found in the tropical and sub-tropical areas of Africa, Asia, the Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas.
"The health sector has achieved another victory in its fight against Filariasis
. Still, we have to ensure that this status will be maintained through regular conduct of orientation for Filariasis
detection and management and transmission assessment survey." said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
The five most common NTDs are intestinal worms, schistosomiasis, trachoma, lymphatic filariasis
and river blindness.
(LF) is one of the oldest and most debilitating neglected tropical diseases, recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as a group of parasitic infections which primarily affect people living in extreme poverty.