Aquatabs imported to prevent water born diseases, to be widely available next week


It is common to have water disease break out during the rainy season and awareness creation on how people can better protect themselves will be needed, according to Dr. Dadi Jima the Ethiopian Health and Nutrition Research Institute Deputy Director. According to him there is currently no disease outbreak in Addis Ababa.
“Water born diseases occur when there is heavy rain and we will work on bringing awareness to the public soon. So far, there is no concern,” Dr. Dadi told Capital.
Among the common diseases that could break out around this season are Acute Watery Diarrhea (AWD). This disease is occurring in some places in the country such as the Somali Region. Addis Ababa was affected with the disease last year but was put under control.
According to Menase Kifle, owner of Citers International, a company that imports Aquatabs, a tablet which is added to drinking water to kill most harmful micro-organisms, stated that in the past few months, the government has made hard currency available for companies to be able to import Aquatabs.
“We have been importing it for the last few months and distributed in vulnerable areas including the Somali Region,” Menase said.
The company has provided one million Aquatabs for the Somali Region and it is preparing to provide 500,000 tabs in the Oromia region.
Through the support of the Minister of Health, Ministry of Water, Irrigation and Electricity and Commercial Bank, the company was able to get the needed foreign currency to import the Aquatabs.
“Although Aquatabs are found in some pharmacies currently, they will be commercially available on a large scale next week in Addis Ababa and the surrounding area,” Menase also said.