National Deworming Day launched

Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 9 (NPN): | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 2:03:03 AM IST

National Deworming Day (NDD) 2nd phase for 2018 was launched by principal director health and family welfare, Dr. Vikeyie Losu at Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS Seikhazou, Kohima on Thursday.

State program officer Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A) directorate of health and family welfare, Dr. Atoshe Sema in his key note address said the NDD is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and is a fixed day approach when all children between 1-19 years of age will be targeted for treatment for parasitic intestinal worms (Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis) through the platform of schools and anganwadi centers.

Dr. Sema stated that the first NDD, implemented in 11 states in February 2015, successfully de-wormed 89.8 million children in the age group of 1-19 years. He said that the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends “deworming of all school age and pre-school age children”, with the global target aiming to eliminate morbidity due to worms (soil-transmitted helminths) in children by 2020.  According to Dr. Sema, the Government of India aims to cover at least 90% of all children through the National Deworming Day program. He said that according to WHO, 65% of children in India between 1-14 years were at risk of worm infestation.

He highlighted the effect of worm infection in children that leads to anemia, weakness, nutritional impairment, loss of appetite, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhoea, weight loss etc. Dr. Sema said a simple intervention in the form of one tablet of albendazole (safe and proven) avoids all these and indirectly helps children improve concentration and learning capacity.

He further said that this program would be carried out with three departments coordinating in convergence namely: Health and Family Welfare, department of School Education, and Women and Child Development (ICDS).

According to Dr. Sema, so far in the state till February 2018 (1-19 age) 5,83,046 children (90.77) have been dewormed.

He also asked the concerned departments and the media to spread awareness about this Mass Deworming Program for August 10 with the mop up day being August 17 for those children missed out at the deworming day. He suggested that the community and villages mobilize for awareness of this program to achieve high coverage.

The program was chaired by principal Dr. Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS Dr. Bijano, while vote of thanks was proposed by deputy director RBSK & adolescent health directorate of health and family welfare Dr. Khriesi Sachu. It was attended by students, H&FW officials and others.

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