Zimbabwe launches mass drug administration to fight blinding Trachoma

The Ministry of Health and Child Care working together with SightSavers, World Vision, Basilizwi Trust and WelthungerHilfe has launched a mass treatment / Mass Drug Administration (MDA) campaign for the treatment of trachoma disease which if left untreated causes blindness.

The Secretary for Health and Child Care, Air Commodore (Dr) Jasper Chimedza said in a statement that a ten-day mass treatment campaign will run in the districts of Shamva, Bindura, Rushinga, Binga, Marondera, Nyanga, Mutasa and Gweru beginning on the 11th of July 2022 to the 20th of July 2022.

“The mass treatment for trachoma prevents children and adults from going needlessly blind. All people aged zero (0) months and above in targeted districts will receive a single dose of medicine once or twice a year over three to seven years to treat, control and eventually eliminate the pain and burden of trachoma in our communities,” he said.

The communities in the affected areas have been sensitised and mobilised and are ready to receive the medicine at their nearest health facilities, schools and identified outreach points.