The Mombasa county health department has embarked on a campaign to prevent Lymphatic Filariasis disease well referred to as Matende in the county.
The Mass Drug Administration against the disease was launched at Bangladesh area in Jomvu Sub County.
Mombasa County public health Chief Officer Aisha Abubakar said the disease should not be wished away since it cuts across various ages.
“Though we are not badly affected we must employ preventive measures to avert health threats,” said Ms. Abubakar.
Phase one of the exercise runs until November 20 while phase two of the anti- Lymphatic Filariasis campaign runs from November 21st to 25th in all parts of the county.
Children of above two years are the main target in the campaign.
“However, the drug will not be administered to pregnant women, breast feeding mothers, the elderly and very sick people,” noted Ms Abubakar.
A recent research conducted within the county depicted Jomvu as the most affected Sub County having a high prevalence rate of the disease compared to other sub counties.
[A County Official given the anti-Lymphatic Filariasis drug at Bangladesh in Jomvu Sub-county. Photo Courtesy/Mombasa Sub-county Administration].
Jomvu residents will receive three different types of drugs, while only two other types of the drug will be administered to residents in other Sub-counties.
The purely door to door exercise will incomprise call backs from Community health volunteers to ensure everyone gets the medication.
The anti- Lymphatic Filariasis campaign which started in 2016 is to run for five consecutive years.
Lymphatic Filariasis is a parasitic disease found in tropical and sub tropical areas. It is caused by parasitic worms (Microfilariae) that affect the human system.