Dr. Ramesh K Kaulgud, Joint Director, Directorate of National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), has sounded warning that Kalaburgi and Bidar districts have recorded around 7,078 and 3,424 cases of lymphedema as well as 405 and 346 cases of hydrocele, respectively.
In the backdrop of this, Dr Kaulgud has appealed to the locals to consume the necessary drugs from local healthcare facilities. A fortnight back, mass drug administration round had been organized by the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Services in Bidar and Kalaburgi districts.
Dr Kaulgud and his team has noted that the locals of these areas must share and spread drug-related information and ensure that the drugs reach the eligible beneficiaries, as part of an effort by the department to curb the endemic of Lymphatic Filariasis.
Dr.Ravi Kumar, Senior Regional Director, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that that the Mass Drug Administration rounds “have been very successful,” as “the first major step being the booth approach.”
Dr Kumar has also lauded that the medical experts team has “done well in Uttara Kannada, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts” and hopefully as a result these three districts “will soon be declared free from Filariasis.”
Dr Kumar added that the clinical experts have started the process of validation, highlighting that Kalaburgi, Yadgir and Bidar are currently running the mass administration of drugs campaign.