10 hospitalised as strange illness causes swollen legs in Bauchi village

A strange illness that is causing swollen legs has been discovered in Bara village of Kirfi LGA in Bauchi State with 10 people affected so far.

The disclosure was made by the Executive Chairman of Bauchi State Primary Health Care Development Agency (BASPHCDA), Dr Rilwanu Mohammed, while briefing newsmen on the commemoration of the 2021 World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day celebration held, on Monday.

Rilwanu Mohammed said: “Late Sunday evening, we got a report that people’s legs were swelling up in Bara village,  so far, 10 people have been affected. I have directed the Disease Control department of the Agency to the village to find out what the problem is.”

He added: “We are suspecting onchocerciasis or lymphatic filariasis considering that the LGA is one of the LGAs that have the cases of those tropical diseases. As soon as we get the results of the investigation, we will take prompt action to curb it.”

On the NTDs, the Executive Chairman of BASPHCDA said that, mostly in a tropical environment in communities with poor sanitation and lack of potable water, over 1 billion people are suffering from the NTDs while in Bauchi State, the number is over 1 million.

While listing some of the NTDs to include: Onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, soil-transmitted helminths, trachoma, schistosomiasis, Buruli ulcer, snake bite, leprosy, human African trypanosomiasis, Guinea worm, yaws and loiasis, he said that with good sanitation and proper hygiene, the diseases can be checked.

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He pointed out that as of now, Bauchi State has onchocerciasis in 12 LGAs; Lymphatic filariasis in 11 LGAs; Schistosomiasis in 16 LGAs, Trachoma in 2 LGAs while Guinea worm has already been eradicated in Nigeria as a whole.

Rilwanu Mohammed added that for the morbidity management and prevention, the state is working with UNICEF and a local NGO, Mission To Save the Helpless (MITOSATH).

For the 2020 treatment cycle, he said that the state was able to collect and distribute 9 million tables of ivermectin; 1.9m tablets of Albendazole; 1.7m tablets of Praziquantel; 18 motorcycles for NTDs endemic LGAs; trained 500 health workers on NTD medicines supply chain management and 500 community volunteers on hygiene promotion on collaboration with RUWASSA.

“Generally, the state is making progress on the elimination of this preventive chemotherapy NTDs as Oncho is about to be eliminated in the state, three epidemiological surveys have equally been carried out, two were successful and we are waiting for the results of the third. Transmission Assessment Survey for Trachoma was carried out in Shira and Tafawa Balewa LGAs and were successful,” the Executive Chairman said.

He further disclosed that pre-transmission assessment survey was done in Giade, Bogoro, Tafawa Balewa and Itas/Gadau LGAs in 2018 to 2019 during which only Bogoro failed while for 2020, Misau, Warji and Bogoro (to be repeated) will be done this February.

Rilwanu Mohammed then enjoined people to imbibe the culture of healthy living, keep their environment clean always in order to minimise the risk of getting infected just as he encouraged them to always report any strange disease to the agency for prompt action.

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10 hospitalised as strange illness causes swollen legs in Bauchi village

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