National De-worming Day observed in Nagaland

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 2/10/2020 9:14:46 AM IST

Along with the rest of the country, national deworming day (NDD) was observed across various districts in the state by the respective district health society. NDD is an initiative of Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, India which started in February 2015 and is held twice in a year to eliminate worm infestation of children between the age group of 1 to 19 years of age.

Kohima: Launching of the Nagaland state NDD was held at Baptist Higher Secondary School (BHSS) Kohima on February 10, wherein the state has a target to cover 6,37,994 children.
A press release from IEC Bureau, CMO Kohima stated that, in a short speech Dr. Atoshe SPO, RCH and additional director National Health Project that govt of India aims to cover at least 90% of all children through the NDD. He added that programme is carried out in co-ordination with three departments namely the departments of Health & Family Welfare, School Education and Social Welfare. He further requested the concern departments and media to create awareness in order to achieve the mass de-worming programme in all the schools and anganwadi centres. 
Programme was chaired by Dr. Khriesi nodal officer, RBSK, welcome address by Kevisetuo, principal Baptist Higher Secondary School Kohima. A demonstration was shown by Dr. Medosato MO, RBSK where he has demonstrated the six steps to wash hands. In addition there will be a mop-up day on February 17 for those who missed out on deworming day.
Wokha: First phase of the biannual national deworming day (NDD) was observed in Wokha district on February 10.  A press release from CMO office Wokha stated that, Dr. Kuokholie Savino, MO, RBSK sensitized the students of Isaiah Ability School (IAS) Wokha on the importance of deworming. He further stated that intestinal worms or soil transmitted helminthes was the most common infection leading to anaemia, malnutrition, impaired mental, physical and cognitive development. 
Dr. Kuokholie also encouraged the students to practice personal hygiene and take albendazole tablets for prevention of intestinal worms. The mop up phase will be held on February 17. Albendazole tablets were distributed to children in schools and angawadi centres across the district.
Longleng: District health society Longleng commemorated NDD at Vision Vale School (VVS) on February 10. 
A press release from CMO office district media officer Roseline stated that, Dr Suimzenla Longkumer medical officer RBSK spoke on the importance of de-worming especially the children within the age group of 1-19 years. She also spoke on the health benefits of de-worming  stating that it improves a child’s immunity which protects him or her from chronic illnesses caused by worms etc. 
Similarly, the NDD was also launched at District Hospital where Dr Lhouvizotuo Belho medical superintendent administered the first albendazole tablets, followed by Dr Imnameren Phom DPO (RCH/UIP). It was also observed in all the primary health centres and sub centres. On account of NDD, de-worming tablets were distributed in all the schools, both government and private and anganwadi centres. 
Kiphire Battalion: Kiphire Battalion organised NDD programme at Longmatra, Thonsanyu and Pungro on February 10. A total of 121 children and adolescents were provided with albendazole Tablets to prevent debilitating parasitic worm infections, which is quite common in the area. A medical checkup-cum-free consultation camp was also organised wherein and provided medicines for generic ailments like seasonal viral infection, respiratory tract infections, Acid peptic disorder, low backaches and joint pain was distributed.

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