Dimapur, February 8: The State level National Deworming Day (NDD) was launched at Mezhiir Higher Secondary School, Midland Kohima today under the aegis of Health & Family Welfare Department, Nagaland.
Programme Officer (RMNCH+A), Dr. Atoshe Sema in his key note address said that National De-worming Day is a fixed day approach when all children between 1-19 years of age will be targeted to receive treatment for parasitic intestinal worms STH (Soil Transmitted Helminthiasis) through the platform of schools and anganwadi centers.
He said the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends “de-worming of all school age and pre-school age children”, with the global target aiming to eliminate morbidity due to worms (soil-transmitted helminths) in children by 2020. The Government of India aims to cover at least 90% of all children through the National Deworming Day program.
He said the programme will be carried out in coordination amongst three departments in convergence namely – Health and Family Welfare, School Education and Women and Child Development (ICDS). With the target of 6,36,161 in August 2018, the state could deworm 5,97,739 children across the 11 districts with an achievement rate of 93.96%. This February 2019 round State target is the same as August 2018 – 6,36,161 children.
Later in the programme, Mission Director, NHM Health & Family Welfare, Dr. Kevichusa Medikhru launched the 1st phase of NDD. (Page News Service)