Berhampur, Feb 6 (LocalWire) To eliminate microfilaria, the Odisha government will launch a Mass Drug Administration (MDA) programme in four districts, including Ganjam from Friday.
The three-day drive will also cover Angul, Bhadrak and Nayagarh.
The MDA drive will be launched in these four districts due to high prevalence rate of filarial, sources said.
In Ganjam district, the prevalence rate of the disease is 1.14% as against the state average 0.36%, sources said.
In Ganjam, the prevalence rate of microfilaria is more at areas like Belaguntha, Bhatakamarada and Sheragada, said District Malaria Officer (DMO) R. Jagadeesh Patnaik.
The DMO, however, said the rate of failaria is gradually decreasing after introduction of MDA in the district.
Microfilaria rate in Ganjam has been reduced from 5.90 percent in 2004 to 1.14 at present, he stated.
Patnaik said the MDA programme will be conducted to distribute drugs like Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and Altherdazale to individuals above two years old under National Malaria Eradication Program (NMEP).
The MDA has been launched in 20 out of 30 districts in the state in 2004.
Like the previous years, the DMO said, this year also the district administration is all set to distribute the drugs to targeted people in the district.
Under this programme, over 35.37 lakh beneficiaries, except pregnant women, will be administrated drugs, he said.
Around 7050 drug distributors, including Asha, health workers and supervisors are engaged in the project, Patnaik said.
All urban and rural areas of the district across 22 blocks would be covered under the programme, he said.
More emphasis would be given to the pockets, where the prevalence rate of filaria is on the higher side, said Patnaik..
Filaria, a non-fatal disease, is a public health problem in the state next to malaria and tuberculosis, he said.