10 February: National Deworming Day (NDD)
India on 10 February 2016 observed the first National Deworming Day in schools and preschools (anganwadis).
The day is observed to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool (anganwadi) and school-age children.
During this albendezole 400 mg chewable tablets are provided to children at government, government-aided, and private schools, and anganwadis. Out-of-school children will be administered the deworming tablet at anganwadis.
The albendazole tablets will be given free-of-cost to children.
The National Deworming Day will be followed by a mop-up day on 15 February 2016 to administer the deworming tablet to children who were absent from the school or anganwadi on 10 February.
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda declared 10 February as the National Deworming Day in February 2015. National Deworming Day is an initiative focused on reducing the threat of parasitic worm infections, a widespread health issue affecting over 24 crore children in India alone.
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