Leprosy, Onchocerciasis, others hit Ogun

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Abdulqudus Ogundapo

Ogun State Government has said Neglected Tropical Diseases(NTDs) might cause death to three million people in the state.

The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker disclosed this on Wednesday during a press briefing heralding the 2020 World NTDs Day.

Coker claimed that NTDs lead to Leprosy, Onchocerciasis, Lymphatic Filariasis, Schistosomiasis, Soil transmitted Helminthes and Buruli Ulcer(Skin ulcer).

She stressed that the diseases have affected 18 local governments out of the 20 local government in the State.

She noted that, several thousands of people have been affected by the diseases.

The Health Commissioner argued that, NTDs are group of infectious diseases that are associated with poverty.

She maintained that, the State Government had treated 780, 657 children in 6000 schools and trained 8,500 teachers on NTDs in 2019.

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