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MANGOCHI -- Transmission and cases of bilharzia are expected to dwindle in some lakeshore districts in Malawi, thanks to an eradication project rolled out by the Health Education Environment Economic and Development, a non-governmental organisation based at Cape Maclear in Mangochi district.
Bilharzia is reportedly common in most lakeshore areas highly infested with specific snails that transmit bilharzia in those areas.
Therefore, the organization has entrusted a team called Bilharzia Eradication Team with the duty of catching these specific snails reportedly transmitting bilharzia.
Once caught, the snails, small in size, will be taken for laboratory tests.
However, some snails have no infection, according to a team member, Watson Lumbe.
Those that transmit bilharzia are treated with some chemicals for preservation and are used to identify areas that are infested with such snails.
Lumbe said the team would also be going about in the communities to sensitize the on the same, noting that taking drugs is one of the preventive measure.
Apart from physically catching and removing these snails, there's one type of fish called Placadon locally known as ‘Kadyankhono’ that prey on the snails, thereby helping to reduce the snail’s population.
Moreover, Lumbe outlined that bilharzia causes burning sensation among the patients and at times there's blood in urine and this can affect the urinary bladder.
He therefore discouraged fishermen from catching ‘Kadyankhono’ as they help to eliminate the bilharzia-causing snails in the Lake.
When asked to divulge the statistics of bilharzia cases at Cape Maclear, he pointed out that the cases are very minimal, emphasizing that on a daily basis they put much effort in controlling the population of such snails.
Cape Maclear is one of Malawi's tourist attraction centers and creating a bilharzia-free environment can have positive impact on the tourism industry.
The author is a student at the Malawi Institute of Journalism
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