LUCENA CITY, Quezon, July 2 (PIA)- Department of Health-Region-4A CALABARZON recently declared the province of Quezon as "Filaria Free" during the regional awarding for National Filariasis Elimination Program (NFEP) held at the Quezon Convention Center here.
"The health sector has achieved another victory in its fight against Filariasis. Still we have to ensure that this status will be maintained through regular conduct of orientation for Filariasis detection and management and transmission assessment survey." said Regional Director Eduardo C. Janairo during the awarding rites.
"We will still be continuing selective treatment among individuals in areas that are found to be positive for microfilaria during the regular monitoring and surveillance," he added.
Quezon Province, with 39 municipalities and 2 cities, is the 38thprovince in the country to achieve "Filariasis Free" status.
The provincial government of Quezon also received one million pesos (Php1,000,000.00)cashgrant from DOH-4A to be used for the sustainability of its Filaria Free health program.
Lymphatic Filariasis known as "Elephantiasis," is a chronic parasitic infection that is caused by thread-like parasitic filarial worms, which lodge in the nodes and vessels of the lymphatic system. These worms live for about 10 years producing millions of immature microfilariae that circulate in the blood.
Filariasis is a major parasitic infection, which continues to be a public health concern. It is transmitted through a mosquito bite of an infected person. Elephantiasis is manifested by painful, disfiguring swelling in the legs and the genital organs, which is a classic sign of the late-stage disease.
The elimination of Filariasis includes a mass drug administration to residents with diethylcarbamazine (DEC), a tablet to treat the diseasedrug must be taken once a year for the next five years in order to eliminate the disease.
Moreover, Janairoalso reminded residents of Quezon to continue following preventive measures such as using mosquito nets; wearing of long sleeves, pants and socks; application of insect repellents and screening of houses. (RMO, PIA-Quezon with reports from DOH4-A)