PUDUCHERRY: Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam launched the fourth phase of Mass Drug Administration (MDA) of Diethylcarbamazine Citrate (DEC) for prevention of lymphatic filariasis on Tuesday. The programme aims to cover an eligible population of 9.91 lakh persons in all four regions of the Union Territory.
Officials of the Health Department said the MDA would go on till November 13. Volunteers, health staff, members of Non-Governmental Organisations, municipal councillors, private medical college staff, and volunteers of National Service Scheme were involved in the distribution of DEC tablets at every household. As many as 4,000 volunteers, 400 supervisors and several Self Help Group members were involved in the programme. “We have enlisted an eligible population of 9.91 lakh people in the Union Territory. This will be our target for the MDA and we will also have an additional population of unlisted people. The response has been good so far,” Assistant Director, Filaria, N. Nilamani said. The programme excludes children below the age of two years, pregnant women and severely ill people. Director of Health and Family Welfare Dilip Kumar Baliga and officials of the Health Department were present.