42.33 lakh kids to be given deworming tablets in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: As many as 42.33 lakh children between the age group of one and 19 years will be given doworming tablets on the occasion of National Deworming Day (NDD) on September 26.

This was revealed by health and family welfare department commissioner-cum-secretary Pramod Kumar Meherda after chairing the state coordination meeting for the National Deworming Day here on Monday.

“The National Deworming Day will be implemented on September 19 followed by Mop-up-Day on September 26 with an intend to deworm the children who missed the dose on September 19,” Meherda said.

Albendazole tablets will be administered to all children with an aim to make efforts in controlling soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections among them.

“Deworming is an important intervention in combating malnutrition and ensure better health of the children. Therefore, stress is being given to administer deworming tablets in all educational institutions, anganwadi centres and remote and inaccessible areas,” Meherda said.

The state had achieved 92 per cent coverage in the last round implemented in April 2018. To increase the coverage and to achieve the census target, the out of school children, private school children in the urban areas to be reached.

One teacher of every school will be nominated as nodal teacher who will take a half a day training at the block level.

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