Nagaland observes National De-Worming Day

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 1:12:08 PM IST

With the rest of the country, National De-Worming Day was observed in many parts of Nagaland on August 10 for children from 1-19 years.

Longleng: District Health Society (DHA) Longleng commemorated National De-worming Day at Phom Lempong School, Longleng on August 10, with executive secretary, Phom Baptist Christian Association Longleng, Tialemba as special guest.

A press release from district media officer, Roseline stated that the special guest encouraged the students by reminding them that unless they had good health they would face many failures in life. Tialemba said good health was a first requisite -- a must -- in order to be successful. CMO Longleng Dr. Kongyan Phom in his welcome address also encouraged the students to study well and to stay healthy. 

DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Imnameren Phom in his keynote address said that National De-Worming day is devoted to de-worming all children and to improve the digestive system.

He also spoke on the several harmful health issues because of worm infection such as anaemia, nutritional impairment, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting etc. He dwelt on the benefits of de-worming where it improves immunity, concentration, anaemia, capacity to learn etc. He urged the school children to keep short and clean nails, to drink clean water, to wash their hands especially before eating and after using toilet. 

RRT (WHO), Dr. Abhishek spoke on the upcoming Measles Rubella Campaign which is to be held in the month of October, requested the students and the teachers to cooperate so that the campaign in the district could be sucessful. 

The team was led by CMO, Dr. Kongyan Phom, deputy CMO, Dr. Thungbemo, DPO (RCH/UIP), Dr. Imnameren Phom, RRT (WHO), Dr Abhishek, school health program team, VCCM, DCM, DPM and district media officer. 

Similarly, National De-Worming Day was observed at respective health units. Tamlu PHC observed it at Government High School Kangching village, Yachem PHC observed it at Zion School Yachem village and Yongnyah PHC at Holy Cross School. It was also observed at the respective sub-centres with the help of the nurses and ASHA coordinators. De-worming tablets were distributed to all the schools in the district, both government and private and also in the Anganwadi centres.

Tuensang: The second round of National De-worming Day was launched in Tuensang district on August 10 by Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Tuensang Dr. T. Pangjung Sangtam along with an RBSK team from the district Government Middle School Post office Tuensang Town.

A press release by CMO Tuensang office stated that altogether 2400 students were de-wormed on the first day and that the department will continue the de-worming drive in all schools and anganwadi centres covering the children in the age group of 1-19 years.

The program was chaired by SHP Coordinator, C. Hosea; MO (RBSK), Dr. Makumchem gave a briefing on the importance and benefits of de-worming. Later, the students were taught proper hand-washing techniques. 

Wokha: The 2nd phase national deworming day for all schools and Anganwadi centres under Wokha District was observed on August 10, at Libemo Memorial School Wokha. 

A press release from NHM media officer Wokha, Mhonbeni Ezung, stated that DPM (NHM) Matsung spoke on the importance of de-worming children, a mission initiated by the Government of India MoHFW which aims to reduce the cases of worm infections among children from 1-19 years.

The major goal of this campaign is to de-worm all the children to improve the overall health conditions for better cognitive development of children so that they can lead a quality life in the future. Infection through parasitic worms (STH-Soil Transmitted Helminthes) is one of the most common infections in children, the release said. According to WHO around 220 million children in India are at risk of STH infection.

It has emerged as one among world’s largest public health campaign to prevent children from getting intestinal parasitic worms. Along with Albendazole tablets administration, behavior change practices in terms of cleanliness, hygiene use of toilets wearing shoes flip-flops etc. is also important to reduce incidences infection. 

Proper hand washing technique was also demonstrated for the students. 

De-worming day was also observed at Suren AWC, New colony AWC and Government High School AWC. The mass de-worming program aims to reach all children in schools and AWWs with the de-worming treatment. Any child not de-wormed on National De-worming Day due to absenteeism or sickness will be de-wormed on the mop-up day, August 17. 

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