Delhi government to launch deworming drive, aims to cover 3.7 million kids

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In one of its unique initiatives, the Government of Delhi has decided to treat 3.7 million children who are suffering from parasitic worm by implementing de worming program in government and government aided schools in Delhi. The anganwadi and school-based de-worming program will be launched on April 16th and will cover 3,032 schools and 11,500 anganwadis in Delhi.

In last two rounds the scheme which is a brainchild of the Central government has already covered Assam, Bihar, Chattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnatka, Maharshtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Tripura. More than 1450 million children so far have been treated under the program. for parasitic worms.

While launching the program in Delhi, the state health minister Satyendar Jain said , ““Over 25% children in Delhi are suffering from worm infestations. These worms act as parasites and suck up all the nutrition. I am happy that we are launching this program across Delhi, wherein administration of just one drug dose will help be worm free and healthy. He added, “right now we are rolling out this program in Government and government aided school, however, we are looking at rolling out this program in private schools as well.”

In Delhi, Tablet Albendazole will be administered to students in government and government-aided schools in the state. Albendazole is a safe and effective drug for worm treatment without serious side effects. The World Health Organization recommends regular de-worming of children in areas where parasitic worms are endemic.

Union Health Minister J. P. Nadda recently declared 10 February 2015 as National De worming Day (NDD) at an event in Jaipur. The state of Delhi is holding this de-worming round in April as the state elections took place during National De-worming Day.

The School Health Scheme director Subodh Kumar Mishra, said “School level mass based de-worming program is a commendable initiative by the Delhi Government. This program will not only help children get de-wormed, but will also help to address other issues like anemia and malnutrition in growing children.”

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