Collaboration among health institutions reduces leishmaniasis

The incidence of leishmaniasis in Tel Hamis and its suburbs in Al-Jazeera region has decreased during the current year as a result of efforts by the Health and Environment Body, the local administration, municipalities and health committees in the councils.

Leishmaniasis is known as (Hebet Aleb,Hebet al- Sunnah), one of the most serious diseases and epidemics that have passed on Tal Hamis  district and its countryside, and the entire northern and eastern areas of Syria, and left behind psychological effects and bruises and black spots on the faces of those infected with this pill, which spread in previous years.

Leishmaniasis is transmitted by a sandfly, where the infection is transmitted from an infected person to a healthy person.

During 2017, the health center in Tel Hamis was receiving daily between 44 to 50 cases.

In 2017, the rate of infection reached 16 thousand cases. In 2018, the number of injuries reached 10,000 cases. This percentage decreased in 2019, where it has been infected so far, 480 people, according to the health center in Tel Hamis.

Dr. Hani Hamandi, an administrator at the health center in Tel Hamis, said: "This year, we receive in one day one or two cases and sometimes we do not receive cases."

Hamdani said that the decline in the incidence of leishmaniasis was due to the cooperation between the Health and Environment Body and the local administration and municipalities and a relief organization that provided medical support, vaccines and sterilizers.

On the statistics, Hamandi said, in 2017 we received approximately 16,000 new cases, while in 2019 we have a total of 480 cases. The municipalities and the health body that sprayed pesticides, and distributed leaflets among parents to educate them on how to deal with this it and ways to treat it.



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