Kohima, August 9 (DIPR): The second round of National De-worming Day (NDD) was today launched in Nagaland at Ruzhukhrie Government Higher Secondary School here.
Mission Director, National Health Mission, Dr. Yankho Lotha highlighted that National De-worming Day is an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, where all children between 1 to 19 years of age are targeted to receive treatment for parasitic intestinal worm through schools and Anganwadi centers.
He said the first NDD was implemented in 11 states in February 2015, where 89.8 million children in the age group of 1 to 19 years were de-wormed. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends de-worming of all school age and pre-school age children with a global target to eliminate morbidity due to worms (soil-transmitted helminths) in children by 2020 and the Government of India aims to cover at least 90% of all children through the National De-worming Day programme, he stated.
Dr. Lotha explained that Nagaland is observing the second round of NDD to de-worm all children in the age group of 1-19 years on August 10 followed by a Mop-up day (MUD) on August 17, 2016. Children who missed de-worming on August 10 will be de-wormed on the Mop-up day. He said that all schools and anganwadi centers will be the implementation sites, with the objective to improve the overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life of children.
Dr. Lotha also declared that Nagaland will observe the whole month of August as de-worming month to achieve 100% target. He said that the target beneficiaries of NDD will include children in the age group of 1 to 19 years, children enrolled in all government and government-aided schools, children enrolled in private schools, children registered at Anganwadi centers and unregistered and out-of-school children in Anganwadis and schools respectively.
Regarding the major activities on NDD, he explained that in schools, teachers will administer one Albendazole tablet to all school enrolled children and record the same in the attendance register while Anganwadi workers will administer Albendazole tablet to all children of 2-5 years and out-of-school children/adolescents and record the same in the register. Children between 1-2 years will be given half a dose of Albendazole tablets.
He also mentioned that key stakeholders in the NDD programme are the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Human Resource & Development (Education), Ministry of Women and Child Development (Social Welfare), Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation (PHED), and Ministry of Panchayati Raj (Deputy Commissioner)