Zanzibar / Deputy Minister of Health of Zanzibar received a donation of medicines to fight against the disease schistosomiasis

PEMBA ISLAND, Tanzania, February 29, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ – Free To Publish Article:

The Deputy Minister of Health of Zanzibar Dr. Sira Ubwa Mwamboga received a donation of medicines to fight against the disease schistosomiasis from Merck, the German pharmaceutical, chemical and Life Science Company.

The Deputy Minister confirmed that the disease has been common among children in the island who usually play with dirty water and went on to report that 20% of the population of Pemba is faced with schistosomiasis.

The Deputy Minister on receiving the donation said that “Our ministry has been partnering with other stakeholders in creating awareness on ways of preventing the disease. This has been a fruitful venture as the disease has decreased from 80% ten years ago to 20% to date. The Ministry of Health has been distributing medicines to students and also to educate them on cleanliness and cure methodologies.”

“We are grateful to Merck for their donation as the medicines donated will help us in the elimination of the schistosomiasis disease in Zanzibar,” said Dr. Sira.

Dr. Karl Ludwig Kley, the Executive Chairman of Merck, said that they have donated 4 million tablets for the women and children of Pemba. “The Merck group donated equipment and drugs to fight schistosomiasis in Pemba Island as a continuation of our efforts in Africa, in partnership with World Health Organization (WHO) to ensure that the disease is eliminated by 2017,” said Kley.

This visit and donation came a day after a donation of five compact mini labs for detecting counterfeit medicines by the Merck Group to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Dar es Salaam which was received by Hon. Dr. Hadji Hussein Mponda, Tanzania’s Minister of Health and Social Welfare.

Photo: www.apo-mail.org/merck-pemba.JPG (Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Zanzibar Dr. Sira Ubwa Mwamboga (on the right) receiving donations of medicines for schistosomiasis from the Executive Chairman of Merck, Dr. Karl Ludwig Kley.)

Photo: www.apo-mail.org/merck-pemba1.JPG (A student at Ngwachani School in Zanzibar Selemani Saleh taking the medicine of schistosomiasis in Pemba, Zanzibar a campaign started by Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dr. Sira Ubwa Mwamboga and supported by Merck Group.)

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