No fewer than 122 million Nigerians, mostly children are at risk of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), the Federal Ministry of Information has said.
The Head of the Child Rights Information Bureau, Federal Ministry of Information, Mrs Mercy Megwa disclosed this on Monday during a two-day media dialogue on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) in Nigeria,
The dialogue was to examine the diseases critically and work out modalities that will help to control and eliminate them.
Megwa lamented that these diseases cause disabilities among its victims and limit productivity.
She also called for a joint effort to eliminate the diseases in the country.
“NTDs are associated with poverty, poor access to basic health facilities and poor amenities. It keeps children out of school, limit the potentials of parents.
“Some of the diseases include, Rabies, Leprosy, Trachoma, elephantiasis, onchocerciasis
Others are; Schistosomiasis, Soil-Transmitted Helminths, Buruli Ulcers, Leishmaniasis, Dengue, Guinea Worm Disease, Noma, Yaws and Macetoma.
“There have been so much wrong information in the communities, I charge the media to work assiduously to help eliminate the diseases in the communities,” she submitted.