New Delhi: “For India, Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) is not a neglected disease as may be the case in some other countries, but a priority disease for elimination in a time bound manner. India is committed to eliminating Lymphatic Filariasis by 2027, three years ahead of the global target through mission mode, multi partner, multi sector, targeted drive for which we have drawn up the roadmap”. This was stated by Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Dr Mansukh Mandaviya as he chaired the National Symposium on India’s Roadmap to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis (LF) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi today. Dr V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog was also present at the event.
Reiterating India’s philosophy of Antyodaya, Dr. VK Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog said that LF affects specific geographies and mostly poor and downtrodden section of our society. Appreciated this timely and re-energized intervention by the government, he said that the morbidity backlog needs to be cleared as soon as possible and urged for innovative practices to reach remotest parts of the country through special camps, private sector and development partners involvement for effective mitigation. He also pushed for concurrent research through which local evidence-based decision making can take place and mass visibility campaigns at the national, state, district, sub-district and block levels.
Glimpses of the event can be seen from this tweet by Union Health Minister:
Inaugurated National Symposium on India's Roadmap to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis.
Called for eliminating the disease through Jan-Bhagidari.
Also, urged to prepare a roadmap towards elimination of LF by 2027, three years ahead of global target for eliminating this disease. pic.twitter.com/l6Ou66151d
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) January 13, 2023