Govt in mass treatment of hydrocoele, worms

The Ministry of Health has started mass treatment of hydrocoele, elephantiasis, trachoma and intestinal worms in 34 endemic districts of Eastern and Northern Uganda.

The diseases are part of the ailments classified under the "neglected tropical disease (NTD)" which severely impact individuals, families and communities and grossly reduce productivity.

They afflict poor rural communities and the World Health Organisation estimates that millions of Ugandans are afflicted by the diseases

The annual mass drug administration is being carried out both in schools and at village level to ensure that all members of the communities in the areas where these diseases are identified are covered.

The treatment for each of the diseases would treat and give protection for a year until the next administration at around the same time the next year.