Written by Staff Writer
21 Jul, 2016 | 3:11 pm
Sri Lanka has been declared free of Lymphatic Filariasis ( also known as Filaria).
Members of the Health Seactor gathered at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall for a key announcement that is benificial to Sri Lanka.
“It is with great pleasure and pride that I join to celebrate Sri Lanka’s elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis as a public health problem.”said WHO South-East Asia Regional Director,Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh
She added that Lymphatic Filariasis is a disease that should have no place in the world today;it is a disease that disfigures and disables and it is a diease that stigmatizes and impoverishes and most importantly,it is a disease that can be prevented and eliminated.
She went on to congratulate Sri Lanka’s health authorities for their concerted efforts in lifting the burden of Lymphatic Filariasis from vulnerable communities across the country and added that this is a true reflection of a strong commitment of the Government and the political leadership to improve the health of its people particularly the most marginalized
According to the Anti Fliariasis Campaign of the Ministry of Health , Two types of filarial parasites were reported from Sri Lanka,
Accoring to their website , In Sri Lanka, micro-filaria rate was below 1% over the past 15-20 years and with the Mass Drug Administration, microfilaria rate declined drastically.
In April 2011 , WHO declared that Sri Lanka is one of the first countries in the South-East Asia Region qualified to initiate the verification process by World Health Organization for certification of elimination of lymphatic Filariasis.
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