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Ganjam plans special drive to battle filaria menace

Berhampur: The incidence of microfilaria in Ganjam district is upper than the state average in spite of an ambitious National Filaria Control Programme (NFCP) being launched in the district 15 years ago to do away with the illness.
The incidence fee (calculated consistent with 100 population) of filaria was once 1.14 consistent with 100 in Ganjam as against the state average of 0.36, official sources stated right here on Tuesday. The figures are also upper than the state average in Angul, Bhadrak and Nayagarh districts, sources stated.

The government will launch the mass drug administration (MDA) programme in all 4 prone districts, together with Ganjam, from Friday for 3 days to removal lymphatic filariasis in the state, stated district malaria officer (Ganjam) R Jagadeesh Patnaik right here on Tuesday.

The incidence of filaria is extra in Ganjam district’s Belaguntha, Bhatakamarada and Sheragada areas. But Patnaik stated the rate of incidence is regularly lowering after creation of MDA. The microfilaria fee in Ganjam has reduced from five.9% in 2004 to the current 1.14%, he mentioned.

He stated the MDA programme can be accomplished to distribute medicine like DEC and Altherdazale to other folks above two years of age in the district beneath NFCP. The MDA was once launched in 20 out of 30 districts in 2004.

Like the previous years, the DMO stated this year the district administration is all set to distribute medicine among the centered other folks. Under this programme, over 35.37 lakh beneficiaries, apart from pregnant women, kids below two years of age and significantly unwell other folks can be administrated the drug, he stated.

Around 7,050 drug vendors, together with ASHA, health staff and supervisors are engaged in the programme, he stated. All urban and rural areas in 22 blocks would be coated, he stated. More emphasis would be laid on pockets the place the superiority fee is upper, he added.

He stated regardless that filaria is a non-fatal illness, it is a massive public health problem in the state next to malaria and tuberculosis. It reasons incapacity and imposes severe socio-economic burden, he added.

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