The Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole said the Federal government is poised towards the elimination of Trachoma, by drastically reducing the number of Nigerians that were at risk of developing Trachoma from 22 million to 13million.
He made the disclosure at the closing ceremony of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in Abuja.
The Minister who was represented by the Director, Department of Health Research, Planning and Statistics, Dr Emmanuel Meribole pointed out that partnership and collaboration are essential for delivering the universal eye health strategy in Nigeria.
He said that the Federal Government of Nigeria is committed to maintain the momentum and ensure that the country did not slip backwards.
Adewole further explained that the government had resolved to eliminate trachoma as a public health problem by providing clean and safe water across the country.
He noted that water, sanitation and Hygiene are key components of the intervention.
The Minister commended the stakeholders for their funding to deliver the surgery, Antibiotics, Facial cleanliness and Environmental improvement strategy and Pfizer for ensuring the provision of all required medicines.
He said the collaboration which started in March 2014 had supported surgical interventions and Mass Administration of Medicines in Katsina, Bauchi, Kaduna, Sokoto and Yobe States.
“The intervention had drastically reduced the number of Nigerians who were at risk of developing Trachoma from 22million to 13million.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the TRUST, Dr. Astrid Bonfield said the body is geared towards eliminating Trachoma and other avoidable blindness disease.
He said the body will continue to channel its resources towards supporting Commonwealth governments to eliminate Trachoma and the avoidable blindness disease.