Public Health Ministry adopts new drug in fight to eliminate filaria

first_imgThe Public Health Ministry is set to add a third medication to two pills which are currently used in Mass Drug Administration (MDA) in the fight against Lymphatic Filariasis (LF).Ivermectin is an oral medication which paralyses or kills the microfilariae gradually. This medication is used to treat certain parasitic worm infections in the human body. Also, it can be regarded as a more effective treatment regimen for sterilising the adult worm in the lymphatic system which later on in life causes Filaria. The other pills currently prescribed are Diethylcarbamazine (DEC) and albendazole.According to Dr Fabu Moses-Stuart, the National Coordinator for the Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID) attached to the Public Health Ministry, this intervention will come on stream in 2019. The introduction of Ivermectin will be preceded by anThe Mass Drug Administration exerciseaccessibility study where Vector Control Services will oversee a random house-to-house survey in which people will be asked their views on the new pill.“Ivermectin, in combination (with DEC and albendazole), has been proven to present superior parasite killing effects on microfilariae which includes sterilisation of the adult worm for longer periods of up to two years with one single treatment,” Moses-Stuart is quoted by the Department of Public Information (DPI) as saying.She added that the addition of this third pill to the prevention regimen for filaria “shortens the course needed for MDA from five years to only two years if done correctly”. This new pill has little to no side effects in an individual and significantly reduces the heavy worm burden present in the body.According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), in 1987, the manufacturer of Ivermectin – Merck & Co, Inc – declared that it would donate it free of charge for as long as needed. This unprecedented donation is administered through the Mectizan Donation Programme, which works with Ministries of Health and other partners to distribute the drug.At the launch of the MDA against filaria, the NID National Coordinator indicated that the Public Health Ministry has actually adopted three new interventions within the last year, intensifying efforts in the fight against filaria.This, she said, was backed by strong scientific evidence and supported by empirical evidence from countries within and outside of this Caribbean region. The other two interventions, along with the use of Ivermectin, are the remapping of the other six regions not yet targeted for MDA and lymphatic drainage and limb reduction.last_img read more

Engine stalls for DEI drivers fuel debate

first_imgEarnhardt Jr. complained to his crew that his engine was losing power and his oil pressure was dropping when he pulled out of the race to make repairs. He returned, but blew his motor and crashed on Lap 121. “The unleaded fuel threw us a curveball,” said Earnhardt Jr., driver of the No. 8 Chevrolet for DEI. “We haven’t obviously got the situation where we need it, but the guys will learn something from the two motors we lost and we will go from there.” NASCAR is using an unleaded fuel for the first time and some drivers complained about how it affected the performance of their race cars. Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 9 Dodge for Evernham Motorsports, said the unleaded fuel may have led to his engine problems, too. “It’s definitely different the way it runs, the way it takes off on restarts and how it shifts,” said Kahne, who led for 20 laps early in the race. “We’ve got some things to work on and figure out, but I think the unleaded fuel is fine. We’ve just got to learn how to make it work.” Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Martin Truex Jr. suffered blown engines in their DEI cars and had to exit early in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race. Menard finished a lap down, in 20th place, but at least his motor didn’t blow up before the end of the race. Earnhardt Jr. and Truex Jr. weren’t as fortunate. FONTANA – No one would have guessed Paul Menard would have the highest-finishing car for Dale Earnhardt Inc. in Sunday’s Auto Club 500 at California Speedway. NASCAR Photo Galleries: • Fans Auto Club 500: One | Two | Three Complete coverage: Motor Sports center_img Earnhardt Jr. wasn’t as kind. He said the use of the unleaded fuel presented some surprises and he was worried about the motor situation after winter tests at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “We just have to figure out what we need to do to the motors,” Earnhardt Jr. said. “I just have to leave it in the hands of the motor builders back at DEI. We have two weeks and I know they are going to be working long, long days. They wil l figure it out. I have every faith they will.” Truex Jr. bowed out early in the race when his engine started smoking. He blew an engine, took his car out of the race and into the garage area on Lap 13. “We didn’t get any warning,” said Truex Jr., driver of the No. 1 Chevrolet for DEI. “These guys at DEI do an awesome job with these engines. We only lost one last year. It is just frustrating. We had a legitimate top-five car, maybe even a winning car. We will never know.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more