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WHO hails Sri Lanka over filarial eradication

Apr 30, 2011 7:41:39 AM - itnnews.lk

WHO has commended and hailed Sri Lanka as the first South Asian nation to completely uproot and eradicate the menace of filaria in the region.

WHO experts personally visited Sri Lanka and conducted in-depth surveys in Sri Lanka’s leading mosquito prone towns such as Dehiwala, Wattala and Ja-Ela, widely known as the bedspread of filaria. The Health Ministry over the years deeply focused on the disease and the WHO experts could not trace the parasite spreading of the disease or could identify any disease hit victims in these areas. The WHO satisfied with the progress awarded an International Certificate which was accepted on behalf of the Health Ministry by Deputy Director General (Health) Dr Sunil Settinayake.