A series of community sensitization meetings of highly infected Onchocerciases or river blindness areas has ended in Port Loko District.
It ended with the introduction of a new strategy called- Community Diversified Treatment with Ivermetizan (CDTI)
The week long session attracted 92 peripheral health unit staff within the district, and according to the District ONCHO focal officer, Albert A. Kamara, this strategy enables the locals to take full responsibility and ownership of the programme especially in the distribution of Ivermetizan.
He described ONCHO as a chronic non-fatal disease caused by a worm which is transmitted to humans through the bite of a black fly and the fifth cause of blindness in the world.
Also discussed during the workshop were the signs, symptoms, treatment, side effects, precaution and the role of the community.
Speaking to Awoko, the district medical officer Dr. Victor Matt-Lebbie said that even though the drugs are free of cost, they must not be given to sick people, pregnant women, and children between the age of 5 years and mothers of babies less than seven days.