Second round of National Deworming Day launched
IMPHAL | Aug 9 : The second round of National Deworming Day 2018 was today launched at Churachand Higher Secondary School, Sanjenthong with an aim to prevent infection from parasitic intestinal worms in children especially from the age of 1 to 19 years.
The first round of the national deworming day was held on February 10, and the second round is held every year on August 10 since 2015. It was launched today in advance.
Health minister, L. Jayantakumar Singh attended the launching function as chief guest. In his deliberation, he made it clear that the children and students are important assets of society and the deworming day is organised to prove that government of India has invested crores of Rupees to provide good health. He also pointed out that his department will give whatever assistance to the student community in their bid to live life with good health.
Commenting on the involvement of common people in various state’s issues, he appealed that one should fully understand the concept and reason of the prevailing issues before taking part to voice against the issues.
Jayantakumar had also announced that he would provide AYUSH medicinal plants to the schools for plantation in and around the campus, and Rs. 25,000 for maintenance of the plantation.
State nodal officer on Child Health, Dr. A. Sylvia while giving keynote address said that the need for deworming day is important as most children of aged 1-14 are vulnerable to worm infections. According to World Health Organisation, India has the highest burden of Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) in the world, with 220 million children prone to worm infection. Worm infection will make children anaemic, malnourished, weak, sick, and tired with poor concentration, she added.
The function was organised by State Health Society, National Health Mission and directorate of Health Services.
State mission director, N. Bandana Devi, joint director of Social Welfare, Sonia Oinam, senior research officer of Education (S) department, Ibechaobi Laishram and director of Health And Family Welfare, Dr. K. Rajo attended the function as presidium members.
As part of the launching function, the dignitaries distributed albendazole tablets (400 mg) and chewable anti-worm tablets to the school children of C.C. Higher Secondary School. The tablets will be distributed in every government, government-aided and private schools including Anganwadis.
According to Sylvia, National Deworming Day will be held in every district on August 10 and for that albendazole tablets have been distributed to respective health centres. She also informed that there will be a mop-up day on August 17 for those who have missed out on August 10.
Meanwhile, District Health Society, Jiribam conducted a ‘one-day district/block level dissemination workshop’ as part of the National Deworming Day observations at the Auditorium Hall of Jiribam Higher Secondary School today.
Today’s event witnessed the attendance of more than 200 women of Jiribam district including Anganwandi and ASHA workers. MO, Ayush, Jiribam hospital, Dr. N. Soroja Devi also attended the programme as spokesperson. She delivered a session on the objectives and the importance of conducting the Dissemination workshop.
Meanwhile, the second phase of National Deworming Day was launched one day prior in advance at a ceremony held today at New Ideal High School, Thoubal Ningombam.
The launching ceremony which was organised by District Health Society, Thoubal witnessed the attendance of ADM Thoubal, M. Radhakanta and chief medical officer Thoubal, Dr. N Jayantakumar as chief guest and president respectively while ZEO Zone III Thoubal, Arambam Anilkumar and headmaster, New Ideal High School, AK. Jadumani shared the dais as special guests of honour.
National Deworming Day is observed with the primary objective of preventing infection of worms to children and school-going kids on August 10 all over the country.
Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Dr. N Jayantakumar Singh informed that with the objective of preventing worms from infesting children, medications are provided in two phases, one in the month of February and the second in August. The primary aim of de-worming is to prevent Malnutrition and Anaemia resulting from infestation of parasitical worms, he said while adding that children suffering from this kind of afflictions will not be able to concentrate on their health and studies. Dr. N Jayantakumar further made an appeal for children to be provided medications in time so that they may be able to achieve progress and development in society without the unnecessary complications arising from infestation of parasitical worms.
Nodal officer of Thoubal district and DFWO Thoubal, Dr.Ksh. Memcha stated that medications to prevent the infestation of parasitical worms would result in the decline of several further health complications. She further informed that the second phase of the Deworming initiative will target those children who have missed the medications during the first phase, and the medications will be administered to children beginning from the age of 1 and teenagers up to 19 years of age at Anganwadi centres and Schools in the district on August 17.
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