Regional Director Edgardo Gonzaga for DOH-8 said that they will be providing a considerable amount from the Hospital Facilities Enhancement Program budget for ADH to carry out the new role that was given to them. In accordance with this program is the availability of medications and facilities which would provide the needed assistance for filariasis victims.
Department of Health’s major strategy for their Elimination Plan is the Mass Annual Treatment making use of the combination drug, Diethylcarbamazine Citrate and Albendazole. The target is immunization of ninety-five percent of the population two years and above and eighty-five percent of them must take the combination drug for the synergetic results.
The goal of DOH’s National Filariasis Elimination Program is to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem in the Philippines by year 2017. And it specifically aims to develop prevention programs in endemic areas. With the continued support for such program, Leyte has reached the elimination level already. November is considered as the Filariasis Mass Treatment Month.
Filariasis is a parasitic communicable infection. It is caused by thread-like nematode worms but the transmitting vectors are mosquitoes. Symptoms may range from pain to swelling of the breast, vagina and scrotum. It is advisable for people staying in endemic areas to wear long sleeved shirts and long pants.
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