|Published : 19 Apr 2017, 18:15:09|
Bangladesh better than India in controlling kala azar
Bangladesh has eliminated (less than one case/10,000 population) kala azar more than 97 per cent.
Nepal also eliminated the kala azar in all its sub-districts, according to a report published in www.hindustantimes.com.
India has eliminated the disease in around 85 per cent of the 625 affected sub-districts and targets to reach elimination levels in all sub-districts by the end of 2017.
Kala azar (visceral leishmaniasis or VL) causes fever, weight loss, anaemia and disfigurement.
If untreated, it destroys the liver and spleen and kills 95% of those infected.
“The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) global elimination target for VL is 2020, but it’s good when a country or region sets ambitious targets to bring down incidence earlier,” said Dr Dirk Engels, director of the department of control of NTDs, WHO.