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Raipur : National Deworming Day on August 8 : Deworming medicine to be fed to one crore 12 lakh children

Raipur : National Deworming Day on August 8 : Deworming medicine to be fed to one crore 12 lakh children

Deworming campaign to be conducted in aanganbadies, schools, colleges

 To improve health and nutrition level of children in state, all the children of age-group 1 to 19 years enrolled in aanganbadies, schools and colleges will be fed deworming medicine, on the occasion of National Deworming Day on August 8. This will also include children of juvenile homes and rehab centres. Under this campaign, target of providing deworming medicine 'elbendazol' to nearly one crore 12 lakh 60 thousasnd children of state has been set.

Deworming campaign will be jointly conducted by Women and Child Development Department, Health Department and Technical Education Department. In schools, enrolled children of age-group 6-19 years will be given deworming medicine by their teachers. In aanganbadi centres, registered children of age group 1-5 years, and non registered children of age group 1-19 years and children, who do not go to school, will be given deworming medicine by aanganbadi workers. Children, who get skipped on National Deworming Day for any reason, will be given the dose of the deworming medicine on mop-up day on August 16.

Department officials informed that worm infection adversely affects children's health in many ways. Worms consume nutrients from tissues of human body, which leads to deficiency of these nutrients in children, hampering their mental and physical growth. Elbendazol is a safe deworming medicine for both children and adults. Children with excessive infection may experience symptoms such as nausea, vomit, dehydration, stomach pain and fatigue, after consumption of the medicine. Such situations can be easily managed by school teachers or aanganbadi workers.

 



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