Cases of elephantiasis surface in Gombe

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – All over the news yesterday was a reported case of Lymphatic Filariasis, a health problem widely known as elephantiasis. Gombe State Government says it has recorded cases of this infection at Galdamaru community in Kaltungo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state, a recent report notes.

Dr. Kennedy Ishaya, the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed this to journalist in Gombe on Tuesday morning.

Ishaya said elephantiasis is a parasitic infection that causes extreme swelling in the arms and legs due to infestation by Filarial worm.

Elephantiasis which is one of the neglected tropical diseases was last reported in the state 10 years ago, he explained.

The commissioner said the ministry is deploying a team of experts as soon as possible to conduct a skin snoop to find out the specific cause of this disease as well as a lasting cure.

Galdamaru community is said to be in Gombe but shares a boundary with Taraba and the area is a difficult terrain which is inaccessible from Gombe.

‘…because of lack of access route, the only good road to the area is through Karim Lamido in Taraba,’ Ishaya stated.

Journalists recalled that more than 15,000 residents of Galdamaru community were affected by Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia) in 2011, report says.

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