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Elephantiasis 'Medication Card' is mandatory


Nepalnews
2022 Mar 11, 16:15,

Due to superstition and misinformation, people are not allowed to take anti-elephant medicine.

The campaign to take medicine against elephantiasis will be conducted from March 11 to April 20. This measure was taken after refusing to take the medicine due to misinformation that the medicine was used as a test. Acting Chief of the District Health Office, Parbat, Santosh Poudel said that preparations are being made to administer the medicine under the direct supervision of the health workers.

 Nuwar, Tar and Tatarkot of Kushma Municipality-1 of Parbat and Khanigaun of Phalewas Municipality-5 are complex areas of elephantiasis. If you have been taking medicine against elephantiasis for six consecutive years, then you will not have to take it. Acting Chief of the Office, Poudel, said that the drug is being made compulsory by making it compulsory for every citizen to take medicine.

 "Because I eat it myself, take medicine from volunteers but throw it away, the infection is still five percent," he said. This is the reason why elephantiasis medicine cards like covid vaccine card are being made and fed, ”he said. Even if the police are present in those places if necessary, there may be a situation where the health workers have to take medicine in front of them. ”

Poudel said that even if only one member of the family does not take medicine, the card will not be available as it will be a one-stop card for all the family members and not for the individual. He said that they are even talking to the administration to take the medicine strictly this year after seeing the problem every year. The distribution of medicines through health volunteers has been stopped this year to make the medicine intake program effective in the entire district. The health office has made preparations to administer the medicine under the supervision of the health workers with the necessary consultation as the volunteers were seen to be disobedient.

 According to Dr. DB Chhetri, a doctor at Parbat Hospital, the common people should take the medicine safely as the medicine given against elephantiasis can cure the problem of rabies, allergies and lice. Stating that the problem of elephant poaching is increasing in SAARC countries India and Nepal, he said that this situation has come about due to misinformation and superstition. "We do not give this medicine to children under two years of age, mothers up to seven days pregnant or in critical condition," he said.

 According to the health office, 84 percent of the people in the district had taken medicine last year. This year, one lakh 11 thousand 325 people have been placed in the target group to be given medicine. The target group includes 6,382 children under the age of two and 4,116 pregnant women. The health office is preparing to mobilize about 300 health workers and 500 women health volunteers to administer the medicine.

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