WHO model to be adopted in U.P. to combat filariasis

Lucknow: Filariasis will now be treated with medicine for only one day in a year. Earlier this treatment used to run for 12 days every three months. This was cleared by Dr. AK Singh, Director, Communicable Diseases. Dr Singh was addressing the review meeting of the Mass Drug Administrative (MDA) round held in 19 districts on Tuesday.

The Director, Communicable Diseases informed that WHO’s model will now be adopted in UP to eradicate filariasis. Under this model, the infected person will be given medicine for only one day in a year. This will completely destroy the microfilaria present in his body. Earlier, to get the same treatment, every three months, 12-12 days i.e. a total of 48 days in a year the medicine had to be taken. In the review meeting, while praising Gorakhpur district, he said that other districts would also run a better campaign, only then this disease would be completely eradicated.

Dr. VP Singh, State Program Officer, Filariasis informed that awareness about Filariasis has increased in the state. Earlier, where our health team had to explain a lot to the people for the night blood survey, now people are cooperating themselves. Block level strategy has also proved to be very effective. He has appealed to the public that if every year the medicine to prevent filariasis is taken regularly for five years, then this disease will not be visible to you. If you are healthy, you will not infect others.

Dr Bhupendra Tripathi of BMGF highlighted the national scenario of this disease. He said that sudden eradication of any disease from the society cannot be imagined. Yes, it can be completely eliminated with regular effort.

On this occasion, Dr. Choudhary of Regional Office, National and State Officers of WHO, PCI, PATH, CIFAR, Additional Chief Medical Officers (Vector Borne) and other Vector Borne officers from 19 districts were present.

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