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Friday, 17 April, 1998, 19:18 GMT 20:18 UK
WHO wins fight against river blindness in West Africa

The World Health Organisation says its twenty-five year campaign in West Africa against the disease river blindness is coming to a successful end, but it's warning that countries need to remain vigilant.

The W.H.O said that its programme to control the disease also called Onchorcerciasis would end in 2002, having protected forty million people.

The Organisation's regional director for Africa Ebrahim Samba said the task had changed from battling the disease to mounting a constant watch against its possible resurgence.

His office is proposing the establishment of a monitoring system.

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