Health and Child Care Ministry on mass drug administration for Trachoma

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By Health Reporter

The Health and Child Care Ministry has embarked on a mass drug administration for Trachoma, a bacterial infection which affects the eye. Epidemiology and Disease Control deputy director in the Ministry, Dr Isaac Phiri told Star FM News that at least 500 000 people are being targeted during the programme being carried out in Lupane, Centenary and Gokwe, adding that Trachoma can be prevented with basic hygiene and sanitation.

The programme started on Monday and is expected to end on the 24th of this month.

According to the World Health Organisation, Trachoma can cause blindness and infection spreads through personal contact via hands, clothes or bedding and by flies that have been in contact with discharge from the eyes or nose of an infected person.

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