October 19, 2017

Health Dept fights elephantiasis in rural areas

A nurse give elephantiasis vaccine to residents at Thayettaw Village in Kyungyaung  Village Tract. Photo: Shwe Ye Yint
A nurse give elephantiasis vaccine to residents at Thayettaw Village in Kyungyaung Village Tract. Photo: Shwe Ye Yint

AS part of their efforts to fight elephantiasis in rural areas the Health Department has vaccinated villagers in Zayyar Thiri Township.
A team comprising health staff of the department fed the vaccines to residents of Thayettaw Village in Kyungyaung Village Tract on Wednesday.
During their field trip the team also gave talks on the disease, advising residents to take measures to rid the village of mosquitoes.
A rural health official also clarified the signs of infection after talking about the vaccine and its benefits.
The Ministry of Health announced the nationwide vaccination program in January, aimed at stamping out elephantiasis in the country.
The program was launched on 10 January and will end on the 19 January.
The program will also cover eight townships in Nay Pyi Taw, 19 in Sagaing, 28 in Mandalay, 22 in Magwe, 44 in Yangon, 26 in Ayeyarwady, 28 in Bago, 10 in Tanintharyi and10 in Mon.
Officials of the Health Department will give the vaccination to all residents except for pregnant women and people who suffer from diabetes or heart conditions.

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