Department of Public Health held a central level meeting to conduct elephantiasis vaccination campaign 2018 yesterday at the meeting room of the disease eradication office at the department in Nay Pyi Taw.
In his opening speech, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Sports Dr. Tha Tun Kyaw said a total of 856 million people in 52 countries around the world are threatened by elephantiasis disease, and the disease has infected over 120 million people. About 70 million people are affected by elephantiasis but it showed no external sign of infection. A total of seven countries out of ten ASEAN nations are affected by elephantiasis, and Myanmar is one of them. There are 45 districts that are affected by elephantiasis in Myanmar. The patients will have to take the vaccine and medication once a year, for five consecutive years. The health department has provided drugs treatments to 32 million people from 192 townships and 33 districts in
Myanmar during 22-31 January, 2018.
Next Deputy Director-General of Disease Control Department Dr. Thandar Lwin, Deputy Director Dr. Nay Yi Yi Lin explained about the on-going process of the conducting elephantiasis vaccination campaign 2018, and attendees took part in the discussion.
The event was also attended by directors-general, deputy directors-general, directors, specialist doctors, and officials from Myanmar Maternal and Child Welfare Association, officials from Myanmar Women’s Affairs Federation, project managers and officials from the World Health Organization (WHO).
(Translated by Win Ko Ko Aung)