Second round of National Deworming Day programme covers 11 Cr children

National Deworming Day Observed in Mizoram

National Deworming Day Observed in Mizoram

According to the Health Ministry, the deworming programme can potentially improve the nutritional status of children.

Over 1.4 crore children aged between 1 and 19 in anganwadis, government, aided, government residential schools and a few private schools have been administered Albendazole 400mg, a deworming tablet, on Thursday.

In his keynote address, Director (FW) in-charge, Dr. MA Wati said the goal and objective of NDD is to deworm all pre-school and school age children both enrolled and non-enrolled between the ages of 1-19 years. Mission Director, NHM, Dr. Limaakum Jamir launched the programme by administering "Albendazole" tablet to a 3 year old student.

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India launched the programme in 2015, making it one of the largest single-day public health initiatives in the country. Nilavembu Kudineer was also distributed at all schools to the children to prevent them from being affected by dengue.

A recent study conducted by the National Centre for Disease Control found out that soil transmitted helminth prevalence among the children in the state was 51 per cent. Worm infections are the root cause of iron deficiency anaemia, malnutrition and Vitamin A deficiency in children.

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A press note by NHM media officer, Mhonbeni Ezung stated that trained programme representatives, medical department, education and social welfare departments, teachers, anganwadi workers and helpers were detailed to ensure that all targeted group of children received the de-worming tablet free of cost in schools and anganwadi centres.

LONGLENG: District Hospital Longleng observed NDD on August 10, at Bautung Government Higher Secondary School, School Auditorium.

He further informed that a mop up will be organised on August 17 for those children who missed out today and stressed on the need for community level mobilisation and awareness involving ASHAs, AWWs and PRI workers for achieving high coverage.

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