CAIRO: Twenty Sudanese doctors will be trained in how to combat bilharzias and intestinal parasites at Fayed Center for Combating Endemic Diseases in Ismailia starting May 15.
Bilharzias, which is also known as Schistosomiasis, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm that is found in certain types of freshwater snails. The two-week training session aims to prepare Sudanese cadres in how to adopt effective strategies to combat bilharzias in Sudan and to protect the Nile River, according to a Sunday statement by the Preventive and Endemic Affairs (PEA) sector of the Health Ministry.
The doctors will learn how to differentiate between such snails and other harmless snails, how to diagnose clinically, a means to combat the disease, and how to compile statistics and medical documentation, head of PEA Amr Qandil said in the statement.
The training comes amid an agreement between the health ministries of the two states to combat bilharzias, spokesperson of the Health Ministry Khaled Megahed said.
More than five million people require treatment from bilharzias in Sudan, according to the World Health Organization. One of the common symptoms of bilharzias is bloody urine and a fever. By the end of 2010, only 29 villages in Egypt had prevalence of the disease of more than three percent with none exceeding 10 percent, according to a review by Dr. Rashida Barakat published by Cairo University.