Monday , October 3 2022

The Glubat region of eastern Sudan declared the blindness of the river – Brinkweir


Sudan's federal health ministry announced on Sunday the area of ​​Glubat in the Qadarif region of eastern Sudan, on the border with Ethiopia, free from river blindness.

"Sudan has managed to stop the spread of blindness in the Galabat River on the border with Ethiopia as the second area after the disease is eradicated in the Abu Hamed area of ​​northern Sudan," Sudanese Health Minister Mohammed Abu Zaid Mustafa told a press conference in Khartoum.

"In 2011-2015, laboratory studies showed that river blindness had spread in the region," said Mustafa, noting that in the course of 2011-2015, the collective treatment began in the Galabat area of ​​the state of Qadarif, about 565 km east of Khartoum.

He explained that the cooperation between Sudan and Ethiopia contributed to achieving positive results, saying that "150,000 people in the glabats no longer need treatment."

The director of the Carter Center in Atlanta, Mary Ann Peters, reiterated that the center will continue to fight the blindness of the river in Sudan.

She praised Sudan's efforts to combat the disease and called on the concerned health parties to support efforts to eliminate river blindness, especially in neighboring countries.

River blindness is a disease caused by infection with a parasitic worm Onchocerca volvulus, with symptoms like severe itching, bumps under the skin, and blindness.

In Sudan, river blindness is spreading in four areas, including Aldom in southern Darfur, Jebus in the state of the Blue Nile, Abu Hamad in the north of the country and Galabat in the state of Qadarif. Abu Hamad and Galab were also declared free of the disease.

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