Eradicating dracunculiasis: Ethiopia investigates six suspected human cases in Gambella region
Besidesn the six-suspected new infection, a further 40 suspected cases are also nbeing followed up in the Guinea Worm Case Containment Center. nFurthermore, an estimated 200 households have been visited and 1254 npeople interviewed and provided with health education.
Then Ethiopian Dracunculiasis Eradication Programme (EDEP) is scheduled to ncontinue the larviciding of ponds in the area; further assess the nutilization of filters by residents and devise a mechanism to maximize nand maintain its utilization. The EDEP also plans to work with relevant nstakeholders to provide safe water to the villages with suspected cases.nnnnnn
“Despiten redeployment of health staff due to COVID-19, response to this outbreakn was swift and in accordance with established protocols” said Mr Kassahun Demissie, National Programme Coordinator for Guinea Worm Eradication, Ethiopian Public Health Institute. “Preliminaryn investigations were carried out and immediate intervention measures ntaken, including active case search in seven villages where the nsuspected cases were detected and in nearby at-risk villages.”
Other measures that have been immediately implemented include:n
- treatment of more than 41 ponds in the vicinity with the larvicide Temephos3. This is in addition to the regular cycle of larviciding of all ponds in the area;
- assessment of water filter utilization and their replacement;
- delivery of …continued .
[Original Source: WHO]