The high-burden districts in Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, and Andhra Pradesh jointly launched the campaign on Friday.
While launching the campaign, Bhushan said that collective action is required to tackle the disease. He asked all the states to focus on Directly Observed Therapy rather than distribution of the drugs.
He emphasized focusing on intensive monitoring at block level. He also pointed out the need for daily analysis of coverage and monitoring reports at all levels, besides monitoring of the monitors to ensure quality data.
As India gears up to eliminate filaria by 2027, the timing is perfect to resonate this aim with the Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to end all forms of hunger and disability or morbidity, he said.