Health

NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY – HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO ADMINISTER ALBENDAZOLE TABLETS TO 5.37 LAKH CHILDREN

·        DRIVE WOULD BE HELD IN ALL 2200 SCHOOLS AND 1654 ANGANWARI CENTRES

·        MOP UP ROUND SESSION ON FEBRUARY 14

JALANDHAR, February 3 (  By SK.Vyas):  Aiming to keep the children intestines free of worms, the health department is all set to observe National Deworming Day from February 8 in which Albendazole tablets would be administrated to 5.37 lakh children aged 1-19 years.

The drive would be carried out in all 1498 governments and aided besides 702 private schools and all 1654 Anganwari Centres.

Divulging more details about the program, Deputy Commissioner Mr. Varinder Kumar Sharma said that school teachers have been deputed as monitoring in-charge to administer the tablets to the children.

He told that similarly, anganwari workers would give tablets to children at centres and Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHA) workers would provide tablets to out-of-school children.

Mr. Sharma said that further, teachers and health department staff would ensure that the children properly chew the tablet in front of them.

The deputy Commissioner  also informed that teachers would have to keep a record regarding administering of tablets to children enrolled in class registers and have to compile a detailed report about the covered population.

Similarly, anganwari and Asha workers will keep the entire administrative record, he added.

He said that intestinal worms are common in the children that affect their educational performance and school attendance.

“Worms can also lead to anaemia, malnourishment and affect mental ability of children”, he said and added this medicine is very essential for every child as it leads to good health and keeps the child safe from several diseases.

He stated that instructions had been issued not to leave out even a single child to achieve the goal of deworming.

He said training for teachers and health workers had been held and the students have been asked to come to school on February 8 after having proper breakfast.

Total Children – 5.37 lakh

Children in Government Schools-1.96 Lakh

Children in Private Schools-2.25 Lakh

 Children in Anganwari Centres- 1.16 lakh