Over 24000 teachers and 20000 Anganwadi workers would participate in the massive ‘deworming’ exercise slated on February 8. The day is being observed as ‘National Deworming Day’ in all parts of the country.
As part of this programme, all the schools and anganwadis in Uttarakhand would administer Albendazole tablets to children and adolescents aged between one to 19 years. A child not dewormed on National Deworming Day due to absenteeism or sickness will be dewormed on ‘mop-up day’ which would be observed on February 14.
The chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Wednesday called upon the health department and other stakeholder departments to accomplish the deworming campaign with full energy and vigour. He reiterated that this drive is very important intervention in Deworming, thus leading to improvement in anaemia too
Experts opine that the deworming with the safe and beneficial Albendazole tablet is an evidence-based, globally accepted and effective solution to control intestinal worm infections. Children who are out of school would be mobilised by ASHAs to be dewormed at Anganwadi centres on National Deworming Day. According to the doctors, the side effects from consuming Albendazole are rare and mild. It can include nausea, vomiting and dizziness, especially in the children with high worm loads.
As per the World Health Organisation (WHO) data, more than 22 crore children in ages of 5- 14 years are at risk of helminth infection.
Thursday, 07 February 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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