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Anti-filariasis drive on Friday

Staff Correspondent

UDUPI: District Health and Family Welfare Officer S.N. Halabhavi on Saturday said that people will be administered DEC tablets in Udupi district on Friday, which is being observed as National Filariasis Day.

Addressing presspersons here, Dr. Halabhavi said that filariasis is prevalent in eight districts in the State, including Udupi.

Everybody, excepting children below two years, very old persons, pregnant women and those suffering from severe diseases, will be administered the tablets as part of a mass drug administration programme. Voluntary organisations such as Stree Shakti Groups and others will help make the programme successful.

As many as 1,086 persons suffer from filariasis in the district. . The tablets will be distributed at 51 primary health centres and six community health centres. People should cooperate with the volunteers who will visit every house to distribute the tablets, Dr. Halabhavi said.

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