An Overview of Lymphatic Filariasis Control in Puducherry, Union Territory, India
Lymphatic filariasis control in Puducherry has offered many novelties, especially through environmental means of vector control. Various preliminary actions like shortlisting of potential health workers as well as volunteers, conducting orientation and training programmes for the volunteers, political participation and their commitment, advocacy, mobilization of resources and active social participation determine the fruitful execution of mass drug administration (MDA) programme. The precarious ELF 2015 goal might not have been achieved due to some issues, but the 2018 goal would be definitely achieved.
I would like to thank Dr. P. Jambulingam, director of Vector Control Research Centre, Puducherry, and Dr. B. K. Tyagi, director of CRME, Madurai, for the encouragement and permission to participate in the unique Third National Conference of Lymphatic Filariasis: Elimination 2015, Mission Possible, at Centre for Research in Medical Entomology Madurai (June 4–5, 2015). I am also grateful to Dr. S. Sabesan, Dr. A. Manomani and Dr. Aathisayamary for their generous help in motivating and assisting me to complete this article in time.
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