Kathmandu, March 12: The three-day anti-elephantiasis campaign is being started in 36 different districts in the country from today. It is said that a total of 13 million people would be distributed the anti-elephantiasis medicine.
Earlier, the campaign was held in 27 districts. The government had launched the campaign against lymphatic filariasis since 2003 after the cases of mosquito-borne disease were traced in 61 districts in the country.
Director at the Epidemiology and Diseases Control Division of Department of Health Services, Dr Baburam Marasini, said that the medicines would be given to the folks for free.
Dr Marasini said that the medicines against the diseases should be taken in six different phases but the children below two years, aspirant mothers, patients of epilepsy and patients of serious illness should not take this medicine.
The districts having anti- ymphatic filariasis campaign from today include Bhojpur, Ilam, Jhapa, Dhankuta, Therathum, Phanchthar, Saptari, Siraha, Lalitpur, Baglung, Myagdi, Parbat, Lamjung, Dang, Rolpa, Rukum, Salyan, Banke, Bardiya, Jajarkot, Surkhet, Dailekh, Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Doti, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Darchula.
It is said that a total of 13,078 health workers and 65,678 volunteers have been mobilized to make the campaign a success.