Campaign to monitor filariasis in Bora Bora

Bora Bora, September 22, 2022 – The Department of Health is currently publishing a survey of the prevalence of Bora Bora filariasis among CP and CE1 students at Faanui Primary School. Samples will be taken to detect the possibility of disease. At the same time, health professionals held an information meeting on this tropical disease. This campaign is part of a long-term health program developed to eradicate disease from the Region.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Polynesian Department of Health and the Directorate-General for Education and Education (DGEE) have prepared the School Prevalence Survey, a real awareness campaign among the population about the effects of lymphatic filariasis, a now rare disease, more commonly known as elephantiasis. On Tuesday, Emily, a nurse at the Bora Bora dispensary, was at Faanui Elementary School to launch this campaign with parents of CP and CE1 classes at Pearl Pacific. Under the benevolent gaze of Adele, the director of the foundation, about thirty students’ parents and a few teachers came to listen to the health professional. I started this meeting by explaining that Filariasis is a disease transmitted by mosquito bites. It can happen years later, that is, for ten years, a person may not have symptoms, and then all of a sudden, you see a knot appear in the armpit or in the groin.”

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