Monday, 4 October 2010

Mwanza set to boost Lake Victoria tourism

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Sheilla Sezzy

Mwanza Region has been losing tourism revenue from Lake Victoria attractions due to high prevalence of bilharzia.

Scientifically known as schistosomiasis, bilharzia is a parasitic disease caused by several species of tremotodes a parasitic worm of the genus schistosoma.

Although it has a low mortality rate, schistosomiasis often is a chronic illness that can damage internal organs and in children, impair growth and cognitive development.

According to a medical researcher, Mr Nicholas Lwambo, from the Mwanza Medical Research Institute, the disease has caused tourists to avoid swimming or doing water sports in Lake Victoria.

“Tourism is money. I advise Mwanza regional authorities to address the matter seriously in order to reverse the lost opportunity from tourism income,” he said.

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