2. Zimbabwe: Govt Tackles Elephantiasis, Trachoma
Government has expanded mass treatment of neglected tropical diseases that cover elephantiasis and blinding trachoma, Health and Child Care Minister Dr David Parirenyatwa has said.
Elephantiasis is a parasitic infection that causes extreme swelling in the arms and legs. It is caused by the filarial worm and is transmitted from human to human via the female mosquito. Blinding trachoma is also an infectious disease caused by a bacterium. The bacterium causes roughening of the inner surface of the eyelids. This roughening could lead to pain, breakdown of the outer surface or cornea and possibly blindness. It can spread from one person to another through direct contact with an infected person. In a speech read on his behalf by his deputy, Cde Aldrin Musiiwa, at a press conference held in Harare recently, Dr Parirenyatwa said Government was targeting to distribute preventive medicines to over seven million people from 39 selected districts with high prevalence of the diseases.