Question: National Deworming day is celebrated on-
(a) 9 February
(b) 10 February
(c) 11 February
(d) 12 February
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) conducted its eighth round of National Deworming Day (NDD). NDD is observed bi-annually on 10th February and 10th August in all States and UTs followed by mop-up activities.
National Deworming day:
- India’s first National Deworming Day took place on the 10th of February, 2015, to treat intestinal worm infections in all children aged 1-19.
- It will mobilizes health personnel, state governments and other stakeholders to prioritize investment in control of soil transmitted helminthes (STH) infections, one of the most common infections.
- All the children are provided deworming tablet in school and anganwadis.
- Besides the deworming tablet, various health promotion activities related to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) are organised in schools and anganwadis.
- India accounts for over one quarter of the world’s infected children through soil-transmitted helminth infection.
- The NDD program is a cost effective program at scale that continues to reach of crores of children and adolescents with deworming through a safe medicine Albendazole.
By Ramayan Upadhyay