Nigeria: Iri - River Blindness Ravages Community
[Daily Trust] Kaduna -Rivers are highly valued among rural dwellers because of the roles they play in the lives of the people. However, for residents of Iri, a village in Kajuru Local Government Area of Kaduna State, the river that flows across it, is not only a source for drinking water, farming and other domestic uses, but also a source of concern as it breeds blackflies which cause river blindness.
Answer toParasite Case of the Week 580:Loa loamicrofilariae. As noted by several readers, the nuclei go to the tip of the tail, the microfilariae are relatively large, and there is faint evidence of a sheath, all of which are characteristic features for this species. As I teach my students, the nuclei " flow-a flow-a " (to the tip) in Loa loa. Another memory trick from William Sears is that the nuclei go " lower and lower " in Loa loa. Take your pick for your favorite! Remember that the sheath will not always be seen. Size is a more definitive feature in differentiating Mansonella spp. from th...
The genus Onchocerca Diesing, 1841 includes species of medical importance, such as O. volvulus (Leuckart, 1893), which causes river blindness in the tropics. Recently, zoonotic onchocercosis has been reported in ...
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said about 100 million Nigerians are currently faced with the risk of some tropical diseases such as Guinea worm, leprosy, elephantiasis, river blindness, rabies and sleeping sickness.
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) Over four million people will be infected with river blindness in 2025 in areas where African eye worm is present, according to new modelling.
In the Solomon Islands, approximately 40 percent of the population of 550,000 could have active Trachoma. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Ifeanyi NsoforABUJA, Aug 19 2019 (IPS) Recently, the World Health Organisation (WHO) launched global consultations for a new Roadmap on how to eliminate Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). The roadmap would help achieve universal health coverage by 2030, address health emergencies and promote healthier populations. This intervention is unprecedented because it could begin to reverse the neglect and inequities that the 17 main NTDs bring. Many NTDs are debilitating and red...
[Monitor] The Health Minister, Dr Ruth Jane Aceng on Tuesday said that government is on track to eliminate river blindness burden in the country by next year but worried that they are still struggling with Bilharzia.
[Ghanaian Times] The Ghana Health Service (GHS) today begins a mass drug administration (MDA) for the control and prevention of some neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) across the country.
[Ghana Govt.] The Ghana Health Service (GHS), will from Monday, July 29, 2019, start a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) aimed at eradicating Lymphatic Filariasis (Elephantiasis) and Onchocerciasis (River Blindness).
by Robert Colebunders, Joseph Nelson Siewe Fodjo, Adrian Hopkins, An Hotterbeekx, Thomson L. Lakwo, Akili Kalinga, Makoy Yibi Logora, Maria-Gloria Bas áñez
Conclusions/SignificanceThese results suggest that the optimized EWT might be capable of reducing local vector black fly biting in areas commonly frequented by residents. Together with other recently developed methods of community directed vector control, the traps may augment ivermectin MDA, bringing the goal of onchocerciasis elimination within reach in much of Africa.