Simon Bush, Sightsavers’ Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases and an author of the research said: “Onchocerciasis needlessly devastates the lives of individuals, families and whole communities, which is why the research findings are significant not just for those living in Kaduna, but for those at risk across Africa. This research strongly suggests elimination has been achieved in two foci areas of Kaduna State. If we can start declaring areas disease-free, and help rid Africa of this parasitic disease, we would not just eliminate one of the NTDs but would reduce levels of avoidable blindness and alleviate the negative impact on economic productivity".
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