Odisha to launch MDA to eliminate filariasis in 17 districts
Bhubaneswar: A Mass Drug Administration (MDA) round in a phased manner for elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) in 17 endemic districts in Odisha will be organised by the State Government. The first phase of the MDA programme will be from February 10 to February 19. The second phase will be from February 25 to March 6.
The eight districts that are undertaking MDA from February 10 include Bhadrak, Balasore, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Jharsuguda, Khurda, Nuapada and Nayagarh.
The districts undertaking MDA in the second phase are Angul, Ganjam, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh, Keonjhar, Kandhamal, Sonepur, Bargarh and Sambalpur.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister Naba Kishore Das has appealed to the public to consume anti-filaria drugs administered during MDA programme in 17 districts of the State in the presence of the drug administrator.
State Programme Officer, Vector-borne Diseases, Dr Shubhashish Mohanty said Odisha is undertaking MDA rounds keeping in mind India’s commitment to eliminate filariasis by 2021.
Public Health Director Niranjan Mishra said filariasis is a disabling disease which can be prevented by consuming anti-filaria drugs administered by trained health workers.
During the campaign, around 60,000 trained volunteers, including ASHAs, will be engaged as drug administrators in the 17 districts.