Trachoma is an infectious disease caused by bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.  The sources of infection are contaminated fingers, flies and towels. If ignored, it leads to chronic inflammation of eyelids and will eventually result in blindness. Trachoma is endemic in 29 African countries. Recently, Gambia eliminated this disease as a public health threat. This came as a result of 4 decades of government efforts focusing on this infection with assistance from the NGOs and volunteers.


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