The state health and family welfare department would administer ‘Albendazole’ tablet to about 43 lakh children in the state under ‘National Deworming Day’ on Monday. On Saturday, the chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat kick started the campaign by administering anti helminthic tablets to the students of Him Jyoti School.
Addressing a programme organised on the occasion, the CM said that last year about 30 lakh children were administered anti helminthic tablets and this time a target to cover 43 lakh children is taken.
He said that the schools would play a very important role in ensuring success of the programme. Terming children as future of the nation, the CM said that the future of the country would get bright only when the children are healthy.
The vice president of the National rural health programme, Gyan Singh Negi, secretary, medical health and family welfare programme, Pankaj Kumar Pandey, Director General (DG) state health services, Dr Amita Upreti and others were present on the occasion.
The deworming drive-
To complete the target of 43 lakh children the health department has also earmarked 8.57 children who don’t go to the school, for the drive this time. Apart from them 12.71 lakh children belonging to 5667 private schools have also been included in the drive.
The department would take the services of Asha workers, teachers, Anganwadi workers, ANMs and National Health Mission workers in the mega drive. For left out children the department would organize a mop up round on February 17. Children between the age of I – 2 years would be given half tablet while children between age 2 to 19 years would be administered one tablet.
The helminthic worms are the cause of malnutrition and retarded growth in a large number of children. The helminthes are the parasites that absorb nutrition from the body tissues and induce malnutrition which adversely affect growth of body and apart from physical growth the worm also affects mental growth of the individual.
The medical experts are of the view that de-worming helps in increasing attendance of students’ up to 25 percent in the schools.
The helminthic infection occurs by defecating in open, walking barefooted, keeping low personal hygiene and eating infected food.
The symptoms of the disease are retarded growth, anemia, and loss of appetite, stomach ache, vomiting and irregular bowels.