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Kerala homoeopaths opposes mass drug plan

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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Institution of Homoeopaths Kerala (IHK) has submitted a memorandum to the State Health Minister, Mr Kadavoor Sivadasan, demanding that the Health Department be dissuaded from administering Diethylcarbamazine citrate (DEC) to the entire population for eradicating filariasis.

IHK representatives told newspersons here that the DEC administration proposal was "unscientific". DEC was known to cause severe reactions in some people; it should ideally be administered only after proper screening of blood samples and that too in endemic areas alone. Mass administration could be dangerous given the fact that the Health Department did not have a mechanism to monitor and manage those who develop reactions.

DEC was at best a curative drug, and not a preventive one. It should be administered only under medical supervision, IHK representatives said.

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