Special Correspondent

TIRUCHI: An estimated 21.77 lakh people in Tiruchi district were targeted for coverage under a mass drug administration programme on June 7 as part of the lymphatic filariasis control measure.

Di-ethyl carbamazine citrate (DEC) tablets would be distributed door-to-door through volunteers during the day. The programme is being conducted in 14 endemic districts: Tiruchi, Tiruvallur, Kancheepuram, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Cudallore, Villupuram, Nagapattinam, Tiruvarur, Thanjavur, Pudukottai, Kanyakumari, Perambalur and Ariyalur.

Speaking at a consultative meeting here on Wednesday, Collector T.Soundiah said the DEC tablets were safe and would have no side effects. He appealed to the residents of the district to take the tablets without fail.

The tablets will clear the blood of disease-causing parasites and it will not be possible for mosquitoes to transmit the disease. People who show no symptoms of the disease should also swallow the tablets to break the transmission chain.

All persons, except children below two years, pregnant women and ailing patients, can take the tablets. Albendazole tablets would also be distributed.

Trained volunteers will visit households to administer the DEC tablets.

Dosage

The prescribed dosage for different age groups is as follows: 2-5 years – one tablet; 6-15 years – two tablets and 16 years and above – three tablets. The tablets should be taken in a single dose.

About 14,39,322 people in the rural areas and 7,38,205 persons in the urban areas in the district would be administered the tablets, Mr.Soundiah said.

Joint Director of Health M.Poongothai, Deputy Director V.Veerapandian, S.Selvarani, Deputy Director, Family Welfare, and other officials attended the meeting.

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