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FG soon to dispense NTDs drugs in Akwa Ibom

The Akwa Ibom State Government has disclosed that the Federal Government will soon provide drugs for patients suffering from Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in the state.

The Commissioner for Health, Prof. Augustine Umoh, who disclosed this to the press yesterday in Uyo, acknowledged that the batch sent to the state in the first quarter of 2022 had contributed to the treatment of the disease across the state.

Umoh expressed the determination and readiness of the state government to curb the spread of communicable diseases, especially in the most affected riverine areas.

He pointed out that when the state receives the next shipment of drugs from the federal government, it will embark on another round of administration to patients.

His words, “The first delivery of drugs from the federal government to the state has helped us in mass administration. The Ministry of Health has visited the 31 local government areas to administer the drugs to patients in order to curb the spread of the disease.

“Public education on neglected tropical diseases has resulted in them (patients) no longer being neglected as the government’s attention is now focused on them.”

Regarding monkeypox virus, the commissioner disclosed that a case of monkeypox was recently diagnosed in the state and urged citizens and residents to report any suspected case to the nearest health facility.

“While we have not detected an internal case of monkeypox, we have diagnosed a case in a visitor who came to the state. His test showed he was infected with monkeypox.

Monkeypox does not spread as fast as Covid-19, so it is important to report any case so that health workers can intervene quickly, we need to be vigilant,” Umoh advised.

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