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OVER 5, 000 people on the Copperbelt have taken the anti-elephantiasis drug since the vaccination programme started last week, Copperbelt Health Director Robert Zulu has said.

Elephantiasis is also known as lymphatic filariasis caused by parasitic worms and can spread from person to person through mosquitoes. It causes swelling of the scrotum, legs or breasts.

In an interview in Ndola yesterday, Dr Zulu said the response from residents in communities had been overwhelming.

He said most of the people in the areas prone to disease were willing to take the drug and that the vaccination programme was progressing well.

“The response from the people in various communities in the province has been very positive because a lot of people turned up in numbers to take the vaccination,” he said.

Dr Zulu said medical personnel had been deployed in various townships and institutions of learning to carry out the exercise.

He encouraged the residents who had not taken the drug to get the vaccine because prevention was better considering that Elephantiasis cure had not been found yet.

Dr Zulu noted that good health was of great significance to the development of the country as well as at personal level. The elephantiasis vaccination programme was an on-going exercise.

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