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Foreign Donors Give $11m Worth Of Drugs To Combat NTDs

Posted: Jun 7, 2015 at 5:34 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

Concerned by the high incidences of non-tropical diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria, foreign institutions have donated drugs worth $11.6 million to combat the diseases in Nigeria.

Nigeria is said to have the highest burden of  NTDs in Africa. Over 200 million people are estimated to be infected in the continent.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Health, Linus Awute, disclosed this at the dissemination of   a report on Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminthes Epidemiological Mapping in 19 states of the federation, in Abuja, Saturday.
Awute listed the foreign organisations that  supported Nigeria with the drugs to include Merck Sharp and Dhome Corporation/Mectizan Donation Proramme, International Trachoma Initiative, GlaxoSmithKline Beecham, Merck KGA and Johnson & Johnson.

Represented by the Director of Public Health,  Bridget Okoeguale,  the Permanent Secretary said that the drugs included  Mectizan Azithromycin, Albendazole, Praziquantel and Mebendazole tablets.
This, according to him, has ended up “making Nigeria one of the biggest beneficiaries in the world.

“Particularly for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis and soil transmitted helminthes, we have received an average of 36,042,482 tablets of Mebendazole and 60,522,000 tablets of Praziquantel worth about $4,898,459.00 and $6,774,738.48 respectively in the last five years,” he said.

According to him, Nigeria is one of the countries with the highest burden of NTDs in Africa and the NTDs constitute a major public health problem in Nigeria.
“There has been increased focus and attention by the global community in the last few years, resulting in adoption of several resolutions at international and regional levels, to control and subsequently eliminate NTDs,” Awute said.