C’garh gears up to deworm over 1 crore children

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 09 Aug 2017 10:32:13


Staff Reporter,


Chhattisgarh is gearing up to deworm 1,10,05,650 children, who makes 49 percent of the state’s population. In order to combat the public health menace of intestinal worms, the Department of Health and Family welfare will mark second biannual National Deworming Day in schools, Anganwadi Centres and technical institutes on August 10.

Deworming with the safe and beneficial Albendazole 400 mg tablet is an effective solution to control intestinal worm infections. A mop-up day will be held on August 17 to deworm the remaining children. The state government aims to reach each child in the age group of 1 to 19 years registered at government/government aided/private schools, anganwadi centres, Madrasas, technical institutes and also unregistered children through anganwadi centres, informed Dr Amar Singh Thakur, Deputy Director, Child Health (National Health Mission) at a press conference at Raipur Press Club on Tuesday.

India has the highest burden of intestinal worm infections in the world. World Health Organization estimated in 2014 that over 22 crore Indian children aged 1-14 years are at risk. Estimated prevalence in Chhattisgarh is 73 percent of the children in 1 to 19 years age group. Cases of round worms, hook worms and whip worms are found in the state.
Worm infections can act as deterrent to children’s growth and development. It can adversely impact performance in preschool and school, and livelihood potential later in life. Replying to media queries, Dr Thakur said that healthy habits like hand washing before taking food and checking open defecation is necessary to tackle the menace. In addition to deworming, healthy and hygienic practices will help children and communities to remain safe from intestinal worm infections.

Commissioner and Mission Director, NHM, Chhattisgarh R Prasanna has stated that national deworming programme is a safe, simple and proven intervention which can bring significant improvements in child’s health and competencies.

According to other sources, Soil-Transmitted- Helminthiasis (STH) is a helminth infection caused by different species of roundworms. It is caused by those worms that are transmitted through soil contaminated with faecal matter.

STH has adverse impact on attendance of children in schools and their intellectual performance. STH affected children fall sick excessively and they also feel more tired and therefore they can not concentrate well on studies. STH causes hindrance in the body in the absorption of nutritional elements due to which there can be anaemia, malnutrition,which in turn can weaken mental and physical development of the child.

Deworming may have very few side effects in some children. Those with high worm infections might experience nausea, mild abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhoea and fatigue. In line with the guidance from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and World Health Organisation, comprehensive adverse event protocols have been put in place.

As part of the preparations for the national deworming day, 43,697 teachers, 39,513 anganwadi centres, 3,794 Auxiliary Nurse Midwives and 56, 375 other frontline functionaries have been trained.