Health Ministry plans to introduce Mass Drug Administration programme in Yadgir district, Karnataka - (The Economic Times via NewsPoints Desk)

  • India's Health Ministry plans to introduce a mass drug administration (MDA) programme, similar to the triple-drug therapy programme, in Karnataka, scheduled to take place in November, reported The Economic Times.

  • The triple-drug therapy programme, consisting of ivermectin, diethylcarbamazine and albendazole, was implemented by the ministry to eliminate lymphatic filariasis in districts in Bihar, Jharkhand, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh.

  • "After its satisfactory results, now the health ministry has planned to introduce similar MDA programme in Yadgir district of Karnataka," the news source said.

  • According to a senior official, "under the triple-drug therapy programme in four districts, the World Health Organisation donated a total of 31.27 million tablets of ivermectin through the mectizan donation program (MDP). This was successfully done on a trial basis."

  • The advantage of triple-drug therapy suggested that two to three rounds of MDA are enough to reduce the disease burden, the news source added.

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