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Mass administration of DEC tablets in Bagalkot district

Special teams to be formed to carry

out drive

DEC tablets safe for consumption,

says official

GULBARGA: The sixth round of the campaign against elephantiasis, through the mass administration of DEC tablets, will be held on December 11 in Dakshina Kannada, Uttara Kannada, Gulbarga, Bidar, Raichur, Bijapur and Bagalkot districts.

The national campaign against the disease was first launched in June 2004. This was followed by the second, third, fourth and fifth rounds in November 2005, July 2007, November 2007 and November 2008 respectively.

Deputy Commissioner R. Vishal said here on Wednesday that in Gulbarga district the authorities proposed to cover over 33.84 lakh people living in 1,887 villages and hamlets. Special teams of medical and paramedical personnel and officials from various departments were being roped in to administer the DEC tablets that would help prevent elephantiasis.

He said that in order to reach out to every single household in the district, 10,643 teams had been constituted. As many as 1,072 programme supervisors had also been appointed. It had been proved that the regular administering of DEC tablets for five to seven years created a strong immunity to elephantiasis. Except for children aged below two years, pregnant women and those undergoing treatment for serious ailments, everybody else could be administered the pills.

Mr. Vishal said the tablets were safe for consumption and were in use for the past 50 years. “Patients with malaria may experience some side-effects after consumption of the DEC tablets (such as vomiting, headache, fever and body ache). These symptoms, however, will disappear in a day.

Complications

In the event of any further complications, the patient should be admitted to hospital for treatment,” he said.

All 105 Primary Health Centres, 19 Community Health Centres, taluk hospitals and the District General Hospital had been equipped with the necessary medicines to treat persons with these side-effects, he added.

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