A joint monitoring mission team of global experts, led by WHO chief Dr. Jonathan King, conducted an on-site assessment of the ongoing Filarial Elimination Program in Dhanbad and discussed with the relevant authorities the implementation of more effective infection control measures. district. The team came to review the ongoing program in five states including Jharkhand, Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and Telangana. In Jharkhand, Dhanbad and Jamshedpur (East Singhbhum) were selected for assessment based on criteria set by the Government of India.
According to one of the team's international experts, lymphatic filariasis has not been completely eradicated despite considerable efforts. Therefore, the primary objective of the team's visit was to gather an on-site report on what is happening with the program, what has been achieved and what the problem is with its incomplete eradication. In addition to global leader of the Lymphatic Filariasis Program (LFP) Dr. Jonathan King, LFP Country Leader Dr. K. Kamlakar Lasker, CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Dr. Vishala Dogra, Entomologist Dr. Praveen Tiwari, Nodal Officer in Jharkhand Dr. Abhishek Paul, Managing Director The team members included Managing Director Public Concern India Dr. Rampal Singh.
The team said they will discuss the status and success of the program in Dhanbad and Jamshedpur with state government officials tomorrow in Ranchi and later with Indian government officials in Delhi. They said that the better elements discovered in Jharkhand will be shared with the officials of the other four states to implement them in their respective districts. The team visited Topchanchi, Baliapur and Jharia in Dhanbad district during their five-day stay in the district. The expert team took a detailed report on the villages from District Vector Disease (VBD) consultant Ramesh Singh. The team also met Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sandip Singh and shared the assessment report with him.
DC assured the team of providing the required funds for better patient facilities and infection control. Before that, the team also met with Civil Surgeon Dr. Alok Vishwakarma, Director of Shahid Nirmal Mahto Medical College Hospital Dr. Jyotiranjan Prasad and Superintendent Dr. By AK Baranwal. The team also proposed DC and CS points for the implementation of the antifilaria project in health and wellness clinics.