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Kenya Strives to Eradicate Blindness-Causing Trachoma

Kenya Strives to Eradicate Blindness-Causing Trachoma




patiently waits for her time to be  operated on  she has worked for tens of kilometers to  benefit from an outreach program  that she hopes will restore her sight  elizabeth is one of thousands of people  in kenya who have either lost or are  gradually losing their sight  due to traucoma  my eyes have been bothering me because  i've grown old  the eyelashes are always entering inside  my eyes causing me a lot of pain  my granddaughter's been helping removing  the eyelashes physically using her  fingers  but it's very painful trachoma an  infectious disease  is caused by bacteria that attacks the  inner surfaces of the eyelids  dr peter echom an eye surgeon who has  been carrying astra coma surgeries in  caggiado county  says sight loss from trachoma is  preventable but  irreversible if not treated in time  every  every time you blink  your the eyelashes rub on the corners  and with the time they they peel off  the the the first layer of the corner  and then which results to  an ulcer now the ulcer is very painful  but at the end of the day the the the  also will heal  and leaves a scar  that repeated scarring of the ice cornea  eventually impairs vision  and often leads to irreversible  blindness  about 7 million people living in 12  central  kenyan counties where trachoma is  endemic because of a dry climate  and the pastoral and nomadic lifestyle  of the communities  about 53 000 people are currently  infected with the disease  like other counties affected by trachoma  kenya had wanted to eliminate it by 2020  the world health organization's target  the target  date has now been moved to 2023. so the  way forward for  the kenya tranchome elimination program  is to clear the remaining tacoma to cast  his backlog  which stands at around five thousand at  the moment  that is five thousand people who require  hygiene surgery to avoid blindness  in the twelve to come endemic counties  but to eradicate stracoma  experts say people in areas prone to the  disease must take greater precautions  most of the communities at risk are  nomadic sometimes living in the same  quarters  as their livestock the flies  breed because of the dung and the urine  and then because the flies are breathing  every time there is a discharging up in  a child's face  the bacteria is carried from the child  too  to to the mother kenya's plans to defeat  stracoma depend  on donors to provide the money needed  for detection treatment and prevention  programs  only with more contributions kenya says  will the country reach its goal of  eliminating  this terrible disease.

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