UP government to run massive drug administration campaign from February-10
(Sourced from PTI)
The Uttar Pradesh government will run a mass drug administration campaign from February 10-14 in 29 districts of the state to combat tropical, parasitic disease filariasis. Secretary (medical and health) V Hekali Jhimomi said albendazole (anti-worm medication) will be given to the people free of cost, along with some medicines. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), lymphatic filariasis is a painful, disfiguring disease.
In communities where filariasis, also known as elephantiasis, is transmitted, all ages are affected. While the infection may be acquired during childhood its visible manifestations may occur later in life, causing temporary or permanent disability. The syndrome is marked by severe swelling in various body parts such as arms, legs, breasts, and genitals and causes the skin to become thicker as well.
Jhimomi said the campaign will be carried out in Chitrakoot, Banda, Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Bareily, Shahjahanpur, Barabanki, Sonbhadra, Bhadohi, Mau, Azamgarh, Ballia, Basti, Siddharthnagar, Santkabirnagar, Deoria, Kushinagar, Jalaun, Pilibhit, Jaunpur, Hamirpur, Mahoba, Ambedkarnagar, Amethi, Gonda, Bahraich, Shrawasti, Ayodhya, and Balrampur districts.