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Millions of children are getting treatments for getting dewormed in a massive national campaign to prevent parasitic worms from infecting them and impairing their mental and physical health.
In a village on the outskirts of Delhi, children washed their hands and lined up to chew the deworming tablets given to them by their teachers and the health workers before they went back to their classes for studies.
The campaign is targeting 270 million children across the country for today’s efforts and another next week for children who missed it today, the Health Ministry reported.
Worms interfere with the nutrient intake of the children which could lead to severe consequences like anaemia, malnourishment and physical and mental impairment. The major causes of these infections are lack of proper toilets, unclean drinking water, poor hygiene and dirty surroundings.
The World Health Organisation reported that over 220 million children between the age groups of 1 to 14 are at the risk of parasitic worm infection in India.
Today, nearly 900000 teachers, principals and health workers were mobilized in schools and government-sponsored child and mother care centres.
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The deworming initiative, along with the measures to address hygiene and sanitation would go a long way in improving the health conditions of the children as well as the country. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia.
In a statement, Singh mentioned that India’s campaign complements WHO’s battle against neglected tropical diseases which continue to be the part of public health challenges.
Priya Jha, who is the leader of an non-profit organisation Evidence Action’s work in India said that the details of the second dose to the children would be decided soon by the Indian government on the basis of the studies carried out in the various parts of India.
She also clarified that the campaign was conducted smoothly and the parents and their children participated in the campaign actively. The tablets were provided by WHO and Indian government.