DOH sets mass drug administration to eliminate filariasis in Region 9

December 8, 2015 8:01 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Dec. 7 -– The Department of Health (DOH) is strengthening its campaign against filariasis in a bid to meet the 2018 deadline of filaria-free Philippines.

Dr. Sitti Nurussamsi Amilassan, DOH regional coordinator for mosquito-borne diseases, told the Philippines News Agency they are scheduled to conduct mass drug administration against Filaria this month.

Amilassan said so far, only the province of Zamboanga del Norte here in Region 9 that still have cases of filaria though it was noted to have decreased.

Amilassan said Zamboanga del Norte in previous years has 130 cases of filaria but it was reduced to only 29 cases last year.

Amilassan Labuan district in this city has six cases in 2005 and was lessened to only one case as of 2014.

“We can eliminate filaria cases once we can attain more than 85 percent mass drug administration coverage this year,” she said.

She said medicines such as Diethylcarbamazine Citrate and Albenzazole will be given to individuals two years old and above during the mass drug administration against filaria.

Meanwhile, she disclosed that the provinces of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay are already candidates to be declared filarial-free areas.

She said the two provinces registered zero filaria cases when they conducted nocturnal blood examination in October this year.

Filariasis is a parasitic disease caused by an infection with roundworms of the Filarioidea type, which are spread by blood-feeding black flies and mosquitoes.

Filariais disease belongs to the group of diseases called helminthiasis. (PNA)

FFC/TPGJR/R.G. ANTONET A. GO

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