Team Blitz India
NEW DELHI: Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya inaugurated the second phase of the annual nationwide mass drug administration initiative for lymphatic filariasis here on August 10.
It will cover 81 districts in nine endemic States of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.
Speaking on the occasion, he said, India is committed to eliminate lymphatic filariasis by 2027, three years ahead of the global target through mission mode. He emphasised that efforts must not be limited to taking medicines, but also aid in eliminating the spread of diseases through mosquitoes.
Mandaviya also stressed the need to enhance synergy between state and Central Governments for ensuring a healthier nation for all. He highlighted that community engagement will contribute significantly to garnering success in this mission through the involvement of all stakeholders. On the occasion, the Minister launched national guidelines for clinical management of dengue fever 2023 and chikungunya fever