THE Fiji Filariasis Free weekend ended yesterday and although the Ministry of Health is yet to reveal the number of people that received the filariasis tablets, they are confident that the campaign has reached its targeted audience.
National adviser for communicable disease Dr Mike Kama said since the beginning of the three-day campaign, health workers and volunteers were working late trying to achieve their goal of covering 95 per cent of the population in the Central/Eastern and in the Northern divisions.
"Since Friday, all focal contacts for the mass drug administration were in the field all day and into the evening conducting and supervising the drug administration program," Dr Kama said.
"At this point, I am still unable to get a summary report from the MDA operation stations in the divisions," he said.
Approximately 1200 volunteers and health officials were not only visiting different communities in the three divisions, they were also visiting corporate organisations distributing filariasis tablets in their bid to eradicate the disease completely from the country.
The Western Division is the only division in the country that is now conducting test and treat policy which is yet to be adopted by the other three divisions.