National Deworming day

National deworming day

Question: National Deworming day is celebrated on-
(a) 9 February
(b) 10 February
(c) 11 February
(d) 12 February
Answer: (b)
Related facts:

  • 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

Links:
http://www.pib.nic.in/Pressreleaseshare.aspx?PRID=1563589
https://ciff.org/grant-portfolio/india-national-deworming-programme/
https://www.nhp.gov.in/national-deworming-day_pg

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