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Ministry of Health and Child Care initiates 2017 Mass Drug Administration Training of Trainer for 4 prevalent Preventive Chemotherapy Treatment in Zimbabwe (Schistosomiasis, Soil Transmitted Helmets, Trachoma and Lymphatic Filariasis.

To treat these diseases the teams will visit all schools giving children drugs such as praziquantel for Schistosomiasis, albendazole for soil transmitted helminths and DEC and albendazol for Lymphatic Filariasis.

The training is covering all the 10 provinces.

Children are at more risk of being infected with parasites from worms.

This is because they play mostly in rivers, dams that have contaminated water, crossing rivers and fishing.

University of Zimbabwe Bio Chemistry Proffessor Takafira Mduluza said neglected diseases have a huge impact on developing countries & world's poorest people.

“Globally, 240 million people are infected with Schistosomiasis and whilst hook worms infect 576740," said Prof Mduluza.

He said if the worms infect a person it produces 300-3000 eggs and can stay in the body for 27 years.

“Therefore what is important is to do annual treatment of all children regardless of disease prevalence in the area,” he said.