Shang’ombo Public Health Officer Matakala Namukana has urged Shang’ombo residents to comply with the district’s Elephantiasis Mass Drug Administration exercise which is currently on going in the district.
He said in order to achieve a disease free district by 2021 there is need for Shang’ombo residents to take the elephantiasis prevention drug as an opportunity of ending the disease in the district.
Mr Matakala said if people shun away from the MDA exercise they are prone to contract the disease.
The Public Health Officer said the Mass Drug Administration against Lymphatic Filariasis or Elephantiasis started on May 21 2018 and is still on going until a majority of residents in Shangombo district are covered.
Mr Matakala noted that most cases of Lymphatic Filariasis have no symptoms but later on in its advanced stage a person develops swelling of the legs, arms, private parts and other parts of the body.
He was speaking at the stakeholders meeting for the Mass Drug Administration against Lymphatic Filariasis also known as elephantiasis held at the council chamber in the district.