240 mn kids to be covered under National de-worming programme on Aug 10

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DIPHU, Aug 5: National De-worming Day will be conducted on August 10 to de-worm children between the ages of 1 to 19 and the Mop Up Day (MUD) round will be on August 17. On the two days de-worming will be conducted in schools and aganwadi centres, Manja Public Health Centre (PHC) primary medical officer Dr. Rupsing Hanse informed media persons on Saturday.

“It is the world’s largest de-worming programme covering 240 million children in the country. It is the government’s effort to response to the public health threat posed by worms. It is to combat soil transmitted Helminthes infections among children,” Dr. Hanse said.

“On the National De-worming Day, a single dose of Abendazole will be administered to children in schools and aganwadi centres. In Round-1 in February last we missed the target, but in Round-2 on August 10 we are targeting maximum children and for this reason we have cover-up even private schools. On August 10 the teachers will administer the dose to children,” Dr. Hanse also said.

Training has also been conducted to teachers and anganwadi workers on to administer the dose. Dr. Hanse further said the Abendazole is a safe drug used for decades around the world with no or minimal side effects. Side effect such as nausea and vomiting can occur to children with high worms load, but such occurrence is not serious, he said.

Mass awareness is important. A rally will be taken out on August 8 at Manja with participation from schools, NGOs and health workers in creating awareness among parents and general public on de-worming, he also said.

The programme is being implemented through the combined efforts of department of school education and ministry of human resource and development, ministry of women and child development and ministry of drinking water and sanitation, he added.

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