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Mectizan, Albendazole Major Treatment For NTD 

By Emilia Nkengmeyi*

The combination of Mectizan and Albendazole tablets have been tested and proven as the most effective treatment for Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs. This was made known during a one day workshop, which took place recently at the conference hall of CRTV regional station in Buea.

The workshop was organised by the Minister of Public Health under the theme “Training of journalists and national language broadcasters on NTD reporting”. It brought together some journalists and national language broadcasters around the Buea municipality. The workshop, which was in line with the distribution of mectizan and albendazole currently going on in the country, aimed to introduce the concept of NTDs and build a message on communication and health education.

According to one of the coordinators of the programme, Cecilia Mah, this year marks the 13th year in which mectizan has been distributed in the country. She said the distribution programme has witnessed a slight change due to the addition of Albendazole.

Another coordinator of the programme, Ndelledong, said the combination of these drugs has a great role to play in the human system. He noted that while mectizan kills micro (the baby form) bacterial in the body, mectizan and Albendazole fights against macro bacterial (the mother form). During this workshop, five main tropical diseases were taken into consideration which include; onchosocerciasis (river blindness), schistosomiasis, lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis), intestinal worms, and trachoma.

Talking to The Post, Cecilia Mah disclosed that the above mentioned diseases are dangers to our community and every member in the society should resort to preventive and protective measures such as : keeping the environment clean, sleeping under mosquito nets and taking Mectizan when necessary. According to her, if these measures are taken by every member in the community, then our health shall be well protected.

The coordinator said signs and symptoms of these diseases range from intense itching, skin rash, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and fatigue to blindness, body enlargement, intestinal obstruction, bilary and pancreatic ascariaris. The vectors responsible for the transmission of these diseases include the black fly and the culex female mosquito.

According to Pa Mokoto Njie, a participant and a broadcaster in the Bakweri language, the workshop was very enriching. He remarked that till date he had never known the function of mectizan in the human body. He promised to take back the message to his community and disseminate it in a manner understood by all.

The workshop was a participatory one with every participant chipping in his or her contribution. At the end of the workshop, participants developed a sensitisation message for the programme.                                                                                 

*(UB Journalism Student On Internship)

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