The Nigerian National Onchocerciasis Elimination Programme has estimated that a total of 50 million Nigerians are likely to suffer from river blindness.
This was disclosed by Mr. Michael Igbe, who is the Programme Manager while speaking at the Child Right Information Bureau, held by the Ministry of Information and Culture in conjunction with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).
Mr. Igbe who spoke in Ibadan on the ‘Overview on Onchocerciasis Elimination in Nigeria’, said: “Treatment with ivermectin started in 1989, and in 1997, the community-directed treatment with Ivermectin (CDTI) strategy was adopted as the main strategy of programme implementation”.
“At inception, Nigeria had interventions covering 32 states and the federal capital territory (FCT). Now, 27 states and the FCT, with about 50 million persons in Nigeria are at risk of onchocerciasis.”