The 2nd round of national deworming cum World Rabies Day organised by district health society Tamenglong was held at the conference hall of the chief medical officer Tamenglong in Tamenglong district on Wednesday.
Zonal education officer Tamenglong N Abonpou Christopher, district project officer ICDS cell Tamenglong M Sobha Devi and chief medical officer Tamenglong Dr G Majachunglu attended the function as chief guest, guest of honour and president respectively.
A quiz competition for school students was also held as a part of the world rabies day observance under the theme, ‘One health, Zero death’. It was organised by national rabies control programme under the aegis of district surveillance unit district health society Tamenglong. As many as 22 students from seven different schools took part in the quiz competition.
According to district surveillance officer, Tamenglong Dr Rochunlung Kamei, as many as 31 cases of animal bites had been reported in 2021, of which 27 cases include dog bites while four cases were of other animal bites.
In 2022 till date, as many as 44 cases of animal bites were reported of which 39 cases were dog bites while five cases were of other animal bites. However, he further stated that despite reported cases of animal bites, no cases of rabies and no cases of death were reported in the district.
In her presidential speech, CMO Tamenglong urged all ASHAs and Anganwadi workers to reach out to all children including those who are at home in the village for deworming. Due to sickness related with worms, many students are missing classes and therefore, deworming is mandatory for children, she further stated.
Regarding Rabies, she mentioned that it can be prevented with timely reporting of the victim to district hospitals once an animal bite occurs. As for the suspected animal, it should be kept away in a safe separate place for 10 days observation instead of killing it immediately after it bites someone, she said.
In his speech, N Abonpou Christopher stressed the importance of good health in building a healthy society, and expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the contributions people made in fighting against COVID-19. He further encouraged the students to obey the orders that come from the health department.
District project officer ICDS cell Tamenglong M Sobha Devi also spoke on the occasion.