Phase-2 of NDD launched in Nagaland; 5.83 lakh children covered in Phase-1


Kohima, August 9: With an aim to de-worm over 6.42 lakh children between the age group of one to 19 years, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, Dr Vikeyie Losu today launched the second phase of National De-worming Day (NDD) for the current year.
Launching the programme at Dr Neilhouzhü Kire Government Higher Secondary School, Seikhazou here, Dr Losu administered the first tablet to a student.
In his address, Dr Losu said that worm infection can take the toll on one’s health and therefore it is important to maintain hygienic practices.
Expressing that worm infection effects the physical growth and wellbeing, he encouraged children to take the de-worming tablets at least twice a year on half-yearly basis.
State Programme Officer Reproductive Maternal, Newborn Child and Adolescent Health (RMNCH+A), Dr Atoshe Sema delivering the keynote address said that NDD is a fixed day approach when all children between 1-19 years of age will be targeted to receive treatment for parasitic intestinal worms through the platform of schools and anganwadi centers.
Worm infection in children leads to anemia, weakness, nutritional impairment, loss of appetite, stomach ache, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, he said.
Dr Atoshe Sema informed that the programme will be carried out in coordination amongst three departments – Health and Family Welfare, School Education and Social Welfare Department.
He informed that Mass Deworming Programme will be held tomorrow while on August 17 mop up will be done for those children missed out on NDD.
Dr Sema also informed that in the first phase 5,83,046 children were covered while during this phase a total of 6,42,331 children are targeted to be covered.
“With universal Deworming, proper hand washing before eating and after using toilets, good sanitation and hygiene, we can reach our target to eliminate morbidity due to Worm infection by 2020,” Dr Atoshe said.
Principal of Dr Neilhouzhü Kire GHSS chaired the programme while Deputy Director RBSK & Adolescent Health, Dr Khriesi Sachu tendered the vote of thanks. (Page News Service)