Experts to map Nigeria’s neglected tropical diseases

Monday, February 17, 2014

Nigerian health officials partnering with international experts have embarked on a national programme to map Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) by analysing data obtained from 14 of the country’s 36 states.

According to Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health, the country and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia and Tanzania — contribute to more than 50 per cent of the NTDs burden in Africa, partly because they have climatic conditions that favour the diseases.

Experts say common NTDs in Nigeria include schistosomiasis, soil-transmitted helminth infections, trachoma, onchocerciasis and lymphatic filariasis.

Source: SciDevNet (link opens in a new window)

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