An intensive public health campaign has stated in Oman to stamp out the eye-disease, tracoma.?
An intensive public health campaign has stated in Oman to stamp out the eye-disease, tracoma. Tracoma, which often leads to total blindness, is estimated to afflict about half of the 600,000 population.
For many years the disease raged unchecked in Oman, but with the accession of Sultan Qaboos in 1970, and the initiation of an organised public health service, attempts have been made to control it. Patients have been coming to the Ruwi Hospital in Muttrah for treatment. It takes from one to six months according to the stage the disease has reached. The Public Health Department states that the number of patients in now gradually lessening.
Steps have also been taken to prevent the disease breaking out. It is transmitted by files. Two months ago public health employees started widespread use of insecticide sprays and powders. Omanis who had previously allowed files to crawl over their faces are gradually being educated to keep them off.