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Samoa rolls out triple drug therapy to accelerate elimination of lymphatic filariasis

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Samoa has become the first country to implement the new triple drug regimen recommended by WHO for the treatment of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a disabling and disfiguring neglected tropical disease.Annual mass treatment of the entire eligible population of Samoa began on 14 August and is expected to be completed by 26 August. “Together with the Ministry of Health Samoa, we have ensured that dispositions are in place to enable the mass treatment of an estimated 180 000 people as part of their renewed national plan to eliminate lymphatic filariasis as a public health problem” said Dr Rasul Baghirov, WHO Representative in Samoa. “With the support of partners and donated medicines from the pharmaceutical industry, the Government of Samoa has been demonstrating its strong commitment to ensure that filariasis is finally eliminated from Samoa".Health teams in all communities s...
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