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Directive to Government on anti-filaria drugs

By Our Staff Reporter

KOCHI, MARCH 18. A Division Bench of the Kerala High Court today directed the State Government to file a statement on the steps taken on mass administration of anti-filaria drugs in the state.

The Bench comprising Justice K.S. Radhakrishan and Justice S. Siri Jagan issued the directive when a writ petition filed by Jacob Vadakkancherry, Chairman of Janarogya Prasthanam, came up.

According to him, filariasis could be cured by administration of the drug Diethylcarbamazine Citrate (DEC) only if an effective mosquito control programme accompanied it.

Mr. Jacob Vadakkancherry said in the petition that medical experts had cautioned on the usage of DEC (which is not marketed in the United Kingdom) on certain persons and prescribed the different dosage on different stages of the disease that also depended on the weight of the patient.

A person having a weight of 60 kg should be given 60 mg only. But the dosage prescribed by the Health Service Director would come to 300 mg per person on a single day. This was much more than the prescribed standard.

This type of indiscriminate administration of the DEC would have serious consequence on patients.

The petition sought to declare that the patients and other persons who are administered anti-filaria drugs during the eradication programme being conducted by the State Government have a right to know the adverse effects of the medicine.

The petition sought a direction for taking all steps to combine all mosquito control programmes with the mass filaria eradication programme.

NHRC submission

The National Human Rights Commission today informed the court that it was satisfied with the investigation being conducted into the Muthanga incidents.

The counsel for the NHRC made the submission when a writ petition filed by C.K. Janu, tribal leader, seeking a direction for a CBI inquiry into the atrocities against the tribals during the police action in Muthanga came up.

The counsel submitted that the Commission had not recommended any investigation into the alleged atrocities perpetrated by the police against the tribals during the police action.

Contempt closed

A Bench today closed a contempt petition filed against Dinesh Sharma, former Excise Commissioner, and Sreekumaran Chettiar, former Kollam Assistant Excise Commissioner, in view of the unconditional apology tendered by them.

The contempt proceedings were initiated against them for their failure to renew licence of a bar hotel in Kollam despite the court direction.

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