Nine out of the ten LGAs in Cross River State endemic to Lymphatic Filariasis has successfully passed the pre- Transmission Assessment Survey (TAS) with one LGA barely falling short.
‘The World Health Organization recommends the TAS to determine when infections have been reduced below the target threshold and Mass Administration of Medicines (MAMs) can stop, and to qualify for TAS a State is required to conduct 5 effective rounds of treatment reaching at least 75% of target population. The Cross River State Government has been very consistent with this over the last couple of years.’ -Dr. Inyang Asibong, Commissioner for Health.
According to Mr. Emmanuel Davies the Lymphatic Filariasis Programme Manager from the Federal Ministry of Health noted that the TAS will be conducted using the school system as the target population is pupils of primary 1 and 2 representing ages 6 and 7years. If the TAS shows presence of the parasite it means there’s a need to continue MAMs in the State, while Mr. Samson O. Rufus, the Senior M&E Specialist of Research Triangle Institute hailed the State Government for their commitment, adding that the State is on the course to being certified Lymphatic Filariasis free by the World Health Organization.
It would be recalled that ten out of the eighteen LGAs in the State were endemic to Lymphatic Filariasis a few years ago, and a repeated survey has revealed that nine out of the ten that didn’t beat the TAS threshold have now been confirmed safe.
Seven out of these nine LGAs namely Akamkpa, Boki, Ogoja, Ikom, Abi, Obubra will be having their pre-TAS conducted in the coming weeks excluding Calabar South and Bekwarra who already had their pre-TAS conducted in January, while Yala LGA will continue to receive treatment.
Lymphatic Filariasis is a tropical, parasitic disease that affects the lymph nodes and lymph vessels. Most cases of the disease have no symptoms, however, infected people develop a syndrome called elephantiasis, which is marked by severe swelling in the arms, legs, breasts, or genitals.