DOH launches partnership vs filariasis-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
THE Department of Health (DOH) in partnership with the Coalition for the Elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis (Celf) Philippines Inc. and GlaxoSmithKline launched in Iloilo City, a two-day 5th National Oplan Tugon on October 3-4, for strengthening and promoting partnerships in the elimination of lymphatic filariasis and control of other tropical diseases in the country.
DOH Undersecretary Dr. Nemesio Gako said that 12 provinces in the country were already declared as filariasis-free while the country will be free by year 2017 and for global freedom by the year 2020.
Gako said the disease is endemic in 43 provinces in 11 regions with a prevalence rate of almost 10 percent per 1,000 population. The 20 provinces already reached elimination level as of September 2013 and the target is to decrease the prevalence rate by one percent.
Gako said the viral disease is caused by mosquito bites that caused permanent disability and swelling of sensitive lympnodes.
GlaxoSmithKline is giving free albendazole drug once a year to people two years and above and are living in established endemic areas.