It's being launched in 10 districts
The seventh round of the three-day national campaign against the spread of filariasis in 10 districts which are considered endemic filarial zone in the State, will begin on Monday with the distribution of the Diethylcarbamazine Citrate (DEC) tablets and Albendazole oral dosage among the people in the age group of two to 60 years, free of cost.
Official sources said here on Sunday that the free house-to-house distribution of the DEC tablets and Albendazole oral dosage would be taken up in Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Bijapur, Bagalkot, Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Yadgir, Koppal and Udupi districts.
During the campaign, one dose each of DEC and Albendazole would be administered to children aged between two and five years, two each of DEC tablets and one Albendazole to those between six and 14, and three DEC tablets and one Albendazole each to those between 15 and 60. .
Sources said that the DEC and Albendazole tablets would not be given to those below two years, pregnant women and those suffering from serious illness.
The side-effects like vomiting, fever, head and body ache would be there for a few persons and they would subside automatically.
However, those having serious side-effects should contact nearest government hospital for treatment.
In Gulbarga district, this year's campaign would cover 23.87 lakh people.
As many as 7,285 teams of officials drawn from different departments would visit individual houses from Monday till Wednesday and mop up drive would also be taken up to achieve cent per cent coverage. The Health Department has constituted 81 mobile teams of doctors to provide treatment to those suffering from side-effects, if any, after the consumption of DEC and Albendazole tablets.