‘National Deworming Day’ observed across Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/8/2019 12:32:56 PM IST

Along with the rest of the country, Nagaland also commemorated the “National Deworming Day” in various schools and higher secondary schools on August 8. 

Kohima: National De-Worming Day (NDD) was launched by office of the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kohima under the aegis of National Health Mission (NHM) at Government High School PWD.

A press release by the department stated that launching NDD, SPO (RCH), Dr Atoshe Sema said that children suffer from several harmful health issues because of worm infection and spoke on the importance of de-worming the children even if they do not fall sick.

He said that on NDD, de-worming tablets would be given free-of-cost at schools and Anganwadi centres targeting children of 1-19 years of age. 

MO (RBSK) Dr. Medozhatou Keretsü also highlighted the importance of NDD to the students and demonstrated six steps of hand washing.

DHS Longleng: District Health Society (DHS) Longleng commemorated the day at St. Joseph’s School (SJS) Longleng.

A press release from CMO office Longleng district media officer, Roseline stated that, in a short programme during the school assembly, Dr Suimzenla Longkumer medical officer (MO) school health programme spoke on the importance of deworming. Dr Suimzenla also encouraged the children to wash their hands properly before eating anything and after using toilet, to keep their nails short as much as possible to prevent further infections, to cover the fruits and vegetables and to not eat without washing and to keep their surroundings clean. 

After the short health talk, the first albendazole tablet was administered by Rev Sr Maria, headmistress of the school. The team was led by Dr. Lirenthung MO, Dr. Suimzenla Longkumer MO, Christina vaccine cold chain manager and Roseline district media officer. 

The day was also observed in all the primary health centres and sub centres. Deworming tablets were distributed in all the schools, both government and private and Anganwadi centres. 

Wokha: The second phase of biannual national deworming day was observed at Government High School Wokha village and Don Bosco Higher Secondary School Wokha. 

A press release from CMO office Wokha stated that, Dr. Kuokholie Savino medical officer AYUSH gave a brief introduction on the importance of taking deworming tablets and its impact on health. He stated that the objectives of national deworming day in India was to deworm all preschool and school age children between the ages of 1-19 years. The objective is to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life.

Dr. Savino also said that soil transmitted Helminths (STH) infections can lead to anemia, malnutrition, and impaired mental, physical and cognitive development and also reduce school participation in children.

In Wokha district, 354 Anganwadi centres, 163 government affiliated schools and over 30 private schools under urban Wokha were distributed with aldendezole tablets and pamphlets on importance of deworming.


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