Uganda on target to eliminate River Blindness.
At least Four million Ugandans are nolonger at risk of contracting River Blindness. Dr. Edridah Muheki Tukahebwa, the assistant commissioner Health Services for Vector Control Division has revealed.
Indicators show, an almost 75 percent increase from 2.7 million Ugandans who, were safe from River Blindness infections last year.
Dr. Muheki disclosed this at the 8th Session of Uganda Onchocerciasis, Eliminating Expert Advisory Committee (UOEEAC) in Kampala yesterday. She attributed Uganda’s success to a combined approach that employs the use of Village Health Teams, a robust surveillance work and involvement of the district officials in the affected areas.
She said that people in 36 districts have been treated of the diseases and transmission interrupted at least in 16 districts,it has dropped from 70 percent in 1993 to less than 5 percent presently.