Blantyre DHO succeeds in Bilharzia MDA Campaign

Blantyre, The Blantyre District Health Office says it has done well in terms of de-worming children during the 2017 Bilharzia Mass Drug Administration (MDA) campaign.

According to Blantyre District Environmental Health Officer, Penjani Chunda, Blantyre had 32 service centers in total and of the 22 centers that have submitted their reports; none has registered less than 90 percent of expected targets.

Of the 22 facilities, we have received from, none has reported less than 90 percent. We are still waiting for reports from the remaining 10 facilities, said Chunda.

Blantyre District was given a target of 580, 000 children and the 22 facilities that have already reported have managed to de-worm 458, 169 children which represents a 79 percent.

Chunda said overall, the exercise was good and he believes that the coverage will be over 90 percent which is the recommendation.

He also pointed out that the delay for the remaining 10 centers to submit their reports is due to community exercises and that he hopes to receive them soon.

The Environmental Health Officer said that many school going children went to different centers to take the medicine and that some were even accompanied by their parents which showed that people had received the development.

Some parents even brought food to the facilities. We did not register any major side effects during the exercise expect dizziness for some children who did not eat properly, Chunda.

Ministry of Health launched the 2017 Bilharzia Mass Drug Administration Campaign on Tuesday, July 4th at Victoria Hotel in Blantyre.

The exercise however started on Monday, July 10 and concluded on Friday, July 14 country wide.

Malawi has a Bilharzia prevalence rate of 8 percent and the Mass Drug administration campaigns aim at eliminating bilharzias and intestinal worms by the year 2020.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA