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India can be free from elephantiasis by 2021:Harsh Vardhan
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India can be free from elephantiasis by 2021:Harsh Vardhan

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New Delhi, Oct 30: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday planning, commitment, vision, societal involvement and past experiences can help achieve the goal of eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis in India.

'Planning, commitment, vision, societal involvement and past experiences can help us achieve our goal of eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis from the country by 2021,' said Dr Harsh Vardhan as he inaugurated the day long National Symposium on the theme ‘United to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis’, here. He said this year has been a remarkable one for health in India. 'Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have witnessed a year when bold commitments, backed by affirmative action have begun to yield desired results.'

Dr Harsh Vardhan added 'I would like to draw your attention to Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), which are a group of debilitating infectious diseases that impact over 1.5 billion people globally and hold back the poorest communities from reaching their full potential.'

India is committed to eliminating two of these NTDs - Lymphatic Filariasis (Hathipaon) and Visceral Leishmaniases (Kala-Azar) that put the future of our children at high risk, he stressed.

Dr Harsh Vardhan suggested that all health partners and stakeholders need to actively work on cross-sector collaboration because to tackle NTDs, true partnerships are essential. 'India’s achievements so far have been significant, and this is an opportune time for us to consolidate the successes and finish the job of achieving LF elimination by 2021,' he stated. (UNI)