Union Health minister declared 10 February as National Deworming Day

Union Government declared 10 February as National Deworming Day. On the occasion, National Deworming Initiative was also launched.

Feb 10, 2015 16:16 IST
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10 February: National Deworming Day
Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda declared 10 February as the National Deworming Day.  

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.

Beside this, Nanda on 9 February 2015 launched the National Deworming Initiative. The initiative aims to protect all pre-school and school-age children (enrolled and non-enrolled) between the ages of 1-19 years from intestinal worms.

Under the massive school-based deworming initiative, the targeted children will be given Albendazole tablets (half tablet to 1-2 years children and one full tablet for 2-19 years).

The Deworming Initiative will be carried out in two phases, they are

First phase: to be carried out on 10 February 2015 and will cover about 14 crore children across eleven States/UT of Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Tripura
Second phase: to be carried out between 11 February and 14 February 2015 and during this period, rest 10 crore children will be targeted

Children up to the age of 5 years will be given the medicines at Anganwadi centres, while the children in age group of 6 to 19 years will be provided the medication at all government schools.

According to WHO estimates, nearly 24 crore children in the age group of 1-14 years are at risk of intestinal parasitic worm infestation in India.

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