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Liberia gets a boost in aid for the management of Schistosomiasis and Lymphatic filariasis- receives 2,512,000 tablets of Praziquantel and 12,450 test strips for Filariasis | WHO

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Monrovia, June 23, 2022: The administration and remedy of any illness is essential to forestall outbreaks and guarantee optimistic remedy outcomes. Liberia is understood to be endemic to schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis, which impacts a lot of the inhabitants; with the chance being increased in youngsters. Nonetheless, the nation has made nice strides and is transferring in direction of controlling these illnesses. Along with preventive measures, it is crucial that circumstances are handled early to attain excessive remedy success price. In continued efforts to make sure the federal government of Liberia is ready to reply to vector borne infections reminiscent of Schistosomiasis and lymphatic filariasis, the World Well being Group (WHO) in Liberia with assist from the WHO African Regional Workplace and HQ, at the moment donated 2,512,000 tablets of praziquantel and 12,450 testing strips for Filariasis to the Ministry of Well being in Liberia. These provides can be distributed to 9 counties which were earmarked because of their excessive prevalence charges in lymphatic illness largely concentrating on school- going youngsters. Nonetheless, in 4 counties particularly Bong, Nimba, Maryland and Lofa which have over 50% prevalence of schistosomiasis, each adults and school-going youngsters can be focused. It’s estimated that at the least 2 million youngsters and adults will profit from this consignment. These drugs and testing kits are donated as a part of the worldwide combat to eradicate lymphatic filariasis.

“I lately attended a Regional assembly on organized by WHO in Brazzaville the place elimination and eradication of vector borne illnesses have been highlighted. I’m due to this fact delighted that this help is available in well timed. Along with the technical assist that WHO gives to the nation, you additionally present the technique of getting issues accomplished”, mentioned Dr Francis Keteh, the Deputy Minister of Well being and Chief Medical officer, Republic of Liberia throughout the handover occasion.  This help will go a great distance in stopping preventable sicknesses and deaths among the many Liberian individuals. “Thanks WHO- our trusted and reliable companion in well being”mentioned Mr Keteh.

“The treatment and provides can be distributed to 9 counties concentrating on college going youngsters with an exception of the 4 counties Bong, Lofa, Maryland and Nimba, the place adults as properly can be focused and this donation is consistent with the worldwide combat to eradicate lymphatic filariasis. We stay dedicated to this trigger”, mentioned Dr Peter Clement- WHO Consultant in Liberia.

WHO’s work on schistosomiasis and filariasis is a part of an built-in method within the management of uncared for tropical illnesses.

Working with companions together with the non-public sector, WHO continues to advocate for elevated entry to praziquantel and check kits to curb such infections. A major quantity of praziquantel, to deal with greater than 100 million youngsters globally of the college age yearly, has been pledged by the non-public sector and growth companions and Liberia is a beneficiary of the association.

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