New Delhi, Oct 26 : National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), is organising a National Symposium with the theme ‘United to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis’ on October 30 in New Delhi.
The symposium is to be inaugurated by Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan and will include representation from NITI Aayog and senior government officials from 21 States and UTs.
The symposium that will bring together diverse stakeholders including global and national public health experts, partners and donors, research organisations, pharmaceutical companies will deliberate on building a common vision towards achieving the elimination of Lymphatic Filariasis by 2021.
In a statement, Dr Neeraj Dhingra, Director, National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), said, “It is very appropriate that the meeting is being held at this time of the year as 10 states and union territories including high-burden states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha will implement large scale MDA campaign starting in November that aim to benefit around 106 million population. Out of these, the new Triple Drug Therapy (IDA) will be scaled up in 16 districts across five states namely Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, and Maharashtra to accelerate the pace of elimination of the disease in the country. '' (UNI)