Kathmandu, March 3: The Ministry of Health and Population is set to launch ‘Medicine Intake Mega Campaign’ in 41 districts of the country in two phases to eradicate elephantiasis.
The first round of the campaign will be held from March 7-9 touching on the districts of Bhojpur, Ilam, Jhapa, Morang, Dhankuta,
Terathun, Okhaldhunga, Pancthar, Siraha, Saptari, Udayapur, Arghakhanchi including 38 districts. The next phase of the campaign will take place in three districts of Kathmandu Valley on March 14, 15 and 16, respectively.
As per the information released at a press conference held by the Epidemiology and Disease Control Division (EDCD) on Tuesday, the government will provide Albendazole doses including other medicines used in the treatment of Filariasis to an estimated 16 million people above two years of age in the districts.
The programme is of high priority among the campaigns set by the Ministry. The government plans to eradicate Filariasis by 2076 BS and the Ministry has been providing the medicines against the disease since 2060 BS.
The country’s 61districts of total 75 are known to be affected by the disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has brought out an appraisal that disease could be of danger for 90 percent of the total population.
Filariasis or philariasis is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms of the Filarioidea type. It is spread by blood-feeding black flies and mosquitoes. The symptoms of the disease are seen in fever, swelling of nerves, white urine, swelling of breasts in women among others, said EDCD Chief Dr Baburam Marasini.
Meanwhile, Jhapa has been declared as the second among the districts prone to the disease by the Jhapa District Public Health Office.
The health office apprised the representatives from media, political parties and government and non government organizations on Tuesday of the status amid a programme held at Kankai Municipality.