Daily Nation Newspaper - - North-western/ Mosi-oa-tunya News - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

THE mass drug ad­min­is­tra­tion against elephantiasis, also known as lym­phatic fi­lar­i­a­sis, has started in Ndola where au­thor­i­ties have en­cour­aged res­i­dents to take ad­van­tage of the pro­gramme.

Elephantiasis is caused by par­a­sitic worms, and can spread from per­son to per­son through mosquitoes. It causes swelling of the scro­tum, breasts or legs. Dur­ing the launch in Chi­fubu Town­ship yes­ter­day, Ndola Mayor Amon Chisenga said Gov­ern­ment at­tached great im­por­tance to the health of cit­i­zens.

He said pre­ven­tion was bet­ter than cure and that long term ill­nesses like elephantiasis re­quired the af­fected to take a lot of time away from work.

Mr Chisenga added that only healthy cit­i­zens had the abil­ity to pro­pel the de­vel­op­ment agenda of the na­tion hence the need for peo­ple to get the drugs for elephantiasis as there was no cure.

He said the distri­bu­tion of the drugs was tar­geted at 92 per­cent of the Ndola pop­u­la­tion not­ing that at least 536,280 peo­ple would take the drugs. He said dur­ing this pe­riod of drug distri­bu­tion, health work­ers to­gether with com­mu­nity drug dis­trib­u­tors would be go­ing round var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ties to ad­min­is­ter the medicines to the res­i­dents.

He said the dis­ease would only be elim­i­nated if the peo­ple co­op­er­ated and took the drugs.

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