Myanmar eliminates trachoma - WHO

16 September 2020
Myanmar eliminates trachoma - WHO
Muslim people carry a sick person (obscured) to a clinic near the internally displaced person (IDP) camp in MayBon Township, Rakhine State. Photo: EPA

Myanmar has eliminated the blinding bacterial disease, trachoma, according to an announcement by the World Health Organization, outbreaknewstoday reported.

“Myanmar’s multi-pronged approach promoting access to good hygiene infrastructure and clean water, strengthening eye care system, and complete community buy-in have enabled the country ensure that people of all ages can now look towards a trachoma-free future,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director WHO South-East Asia Region, felicitating the country at the virtual Regional Committee Session of WHO South-East Asia Region.

In 2005, trachoma was responsible for 4% of all cases of blindness in Myanmar. By 2018, the prevalence of trachoma was down to a mere 0.008% with trachoma no longer a public health problem.