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Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by milann: 11:28am On Aug 04
With over 122 million Nigerians at risk of Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, the Minister of Health, Dr Osagie Ehanire on Tuesday lamented that the country was battling with 15 neglected tropical diseases out of the 20 identified by the World Health Organisation, WHO.

Some of the diseases are Trachoma, (Granular Conjunctivitis), Onchocerciasis, (River blindness) Lymphatic Filariasis, (Elephantiasis) helminthiasis, soil-transmitted, schistosomiasis, (parasitic worms) and leprosy, snakebites Yaws Rabies, Buruli ulcer, Leishmaniasis, Human African Trypanosomiasis, HAT, among others.

Addressing journalists at a TWo-Day Media Dialogue on Neglected Tropical Disease Control in Nigeria”, holding in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, organized by the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Child Rights Information, Bureau of the Federal Ministry of Information, Ehanire regretted that the diseases are so devastating that they leave their victims miserable.

Represented by the National Coordinator of NTDs, Dr. Nseobong Akpan, he lamented that when household diseases such as malaria, HIV and AIDs are mentioned, NTDs will not be there despite the fact they are common among the downtrodden.

“We have done enough about NTDs but they are still raging across communities in the country. There is a need to create awareness and for communities to be involved in efforts geared towards eliminating the diseases. We will be able to eliminate the diseases if everyone including the media join in crying out loud and support in efforts and commitment of stakeholders to achieve success in the elimination of NTDs.”

In his presentation as the National NTDs Coordinator entitled: “Overview of the Neglected Tropical Diseases”, Dr. Nseobong Akpan further decried the negative impact on the economy as economic development cannot occur without addressing these diseases.

Akpan also noted the significant impact on maternal, newborn, and child health.

“NTDs causes poor nutritional status, especially in children; Poor educational outcomes; Reduced physical and cognitive development -children cannot attend school; absorb lessons. Low productivity -Infected adults cannot work effectively -adults may stay home to care for infected family members.

Speaking on the 122 million Nigerians at risk, he said: “It is estimated that 122 million persons that are 2 out of every 3 Nigerians are at risk of one or more of the NTDs.

“Of the number, 20 per cent are pre-school. Age children, 28 per cent of school-age children between age 5 to 14 years and 52 per cent are adults 15 years and above.

On populations at risk in Nigeria, he explained that; 119.8 million people are at risk of lymphatic filariasis, 51.4 million people for onchocerciasis, 28.8 million school-age children and 20.5 million pre-school-age children for soil-transmitted hermits, 26.8 million people for trachoma and 23.8 million school-age children for schistosomiasis.

He appealed to journalists to create more awareness, sensitisation to attract community participation and ownership of the NTDs campaign.

Also in his presentation on Schistosomiasis, Deputy Director, Programme Manager, National Schistosomiasis Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis Elimination Programme, Dr Obiageli Nebe disclosed that over 200 million people globally are infected.

She said over 700 million people are living at risk of infection and over 90 per cent of people live in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nebe said it is a disease of low socio-economic status affecting the poorest communities and most neglected
vulnerable people.

“Infants, children are especially prone to infection due to their less developed immune system as worm infestation are passed through contaminated food, water or soil.”

Also speaking on UNICEF’s support to elimination of NTDs in Nigeria, UNICEF WASH Specialist, Mr Bioye Ogunjobi said lack of political will and low awareness remained an obstacle to the elimination of NTDs in Nigeria.

Ogunjobi explained that the Nigerian NTDs programmes were mainly sponsored by partners, calling on the government to get more involved in the elimination process of these diseases.
https://www.vanguardngr.com/2021/08/nigeria-battling-with-15-neglected-tropical-diseases-health-minister/

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by inoki247: 11:31am On Aug 04
Corruption, Nepotism, Tribalism, Poverty and religion go dey dere....

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by kingPhidel(m): 11:47am On Aug 04
Insecurity, hunger, unemployment, and diseases all in Nigeria ? Learning tailoring on my mind so I can make supply overseas undecided

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by unite4real: 11:48am On Aug 04
Hunger should be added as the 16th. because without food and proper nutrition, one is likely to not shake off any of the 15 when afflicted

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by slawormiir: 11:48am On Aug 04
Damnnn niggarrrr
Isoright
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by freshkpomo(m): 11:48am On Aug 04


cheesy

Same journalist you are treating like shit? If Nigeria is a working society we don't stuffs like this won't be happening.


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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by bigdammyj: 11:48am On Aug 04
Noted
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Nobody: 11:49am On Aug 04
shocked

Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by 1bunne4lif(m): 11:49am On Aug 04
IS THAT SO? IF YOU SAY IT'S UP NORTH, WHO I'M I TO DISAGREE

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by foliman(m): 11:49am On Aug 04
No one takes a third world country serious...

Because third world countries don't take themselves serious.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Hambivert: 11:49am On Aug 04
Nigeria's leaders have never valued the health system of this country.
OBJ's wife, Stella Obasanjo died in a foreign hospital.
Yar'Adua was flown to a foreign hospital when he was ill.
Goodluck Jonathan's wife, Mama P almost died in a foreign hospital
...and now the man who campaigned multiple times saying he wouldn't go to, or use foreign hospitals now goes on several month long vacations in them.

Campaign against polio and Lassa fever? Bill Gates and other foreign bodies did... sparogatively not your government.

Our good health is poverty to them.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Nuelito: 11:49am On Aug 04
Wahala no dey finish
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by onoms4luv(m): 11:49am On Aug 04
Hmm
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Obanaijacom: 11:49am On Aug 04
And what's the Government doing about it
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by theTranscriber: 11:49am On Aug 04
So what should we do?
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by ACRI: 11:50am On Aug 04
Smh

Community participation without political will? That Coordinator is a joker! 90% or even more of health intervention programs in this country are sponsored by partners....civil servants and politicians loot all the health budgets for FMOH and SMOHs.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by blueyonder6: 11:50am On Aug 04
shocked
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by sykeng(m): 11:50am On Aug 04
They have not done anything tangible to reduce NTDs, these diseases are mostly prevalent in rural areas,how often do we care about the habitants in these remote villages other than election time.

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Joshintua(m): 11:51am On Aug 04
Nigeria or Northern Nigeria but remember to include P&H (Poverty & Hunger) which is atop the tropical disease.
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by pyyxxaro: 11:51am On Aug 04
You didn’t add LAKPALAKA and SWEEETIE



This man chop money during Corona shaa
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by TOPCRUISE(m): 11:51am On Aug 04
122 million. That is more than half of population. Or rather 60 percent of Nigerian population are at risk. And dem never mention illiteracy o
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by McOluOmo: 11:51am On Aug 04
Hunger is also a diseases







Guys wey no get girlfriend get peace of mind

Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Seyi8750: 11:53am On Aug 04
lipsrsealed undecided

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Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by PrudencyFeats: 11:54am On Aug 04
I did not bother to read through, only the topic have summarized the content.

Health Minister don come with another format to scam FG and Buhari will approve to spend on it.

Oga minister, no one can stop a disease if its endemic. Or you want to call the 15 diseases out as was done on corona virus?

Disease wey dey eem own jeje...you are accusing Nigeria of abandoning them....haba... who wan befriend with disease
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by careytommy37(m): 12:05pm On Aug 04
undecided undecided undecided undecided undecided

We are in the tropics...duh!
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by FatimaAbubakar(f): 12:24pm On Aug 04
Rubbish
Re: Osagie Ehanire: Nigeria Battling With 15 Neglected Tropical Diseases by Makestyles: 12:26pm On Aug 04
Tailoring and debt recovery undecided

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