Gombe State Government says it is distributing 4.2 million doses of Onchocerciasis drugs to the public to curb the spread of the disease otherwise known as river blindness across the 11 local government areas of the state.

The Coordinator, River Blindness Disease Control Programme in the state, Mrs Talatu Danzaria, announced this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gombe on Monday.

The coordinator said the drugs were supplied by the Federal Ministry of Health for distribution to the beneficiaries.

”You cannot get the drugs in any pharmacy or chemist, so you should seize the opportunity to benefit from it,” she said.

She said the drugs were being distributed across the 11 local government areas of the state through some community leaders.

The coordinator called on the public to avail themselves of the opportunity in the ongoing distribution of Mectizan tablets to protect them against river blindness.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the disease is caused by a black fly. (NAN)

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