3 million residents risk leprosy, schistosomiasis in Ogun State – Dr. Coker
The commissioner of Health, Dr. Tomi Coker has disclosed that about 3 million residents in Ogun State are at risk of contracting Neglected Tropical Diseases [NTDs].
According to the Punch, Dr. Coker made the statement in Abeokuta on Wednesday in a press conference to mark the World NTDs Day and confirmed that none of the 20 Local Governments Areas in the state was free from NTDs.
She confirmed that Neglected Tropical Diseases include leprosy, onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminths and Buruli ulcer (skin ulcer).
Dr. Coker revealed that 1.5 billion people in 149 countries are affected by diseases but disclosed that the state’s NTDs programme treated 780, 657 children in 6,000 schools in 2019 and trained 8,500 teachers in NTDs within the same period.