Gambella Media Network

During an annual review of the Ethiopian Dracunculiasis (Guinea Worm) Eradication Programme (EDEP) in Gambella, Ethiopia, stakeholders announced that they expect guinea worm disease (GWD) will be eliminated within Ethiopia's borders by the end of 2016.

Only three cases of GWD have been reported in Ethiopia this year, the most recent one in October 2015.

"While the disease does not have medicine or vaccination, according to [Carter Center Health Programmes Vice President Craig Wither] the intervention consists of not allowing infected people to touch water sources, spraying chemicals on ponds and providing clean drinking water, as the disease is transmitted through water."

 

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