Kohima, Longleng observe National Deworming Day
DIMAPUR — National Deworming Day (NDD) was observed in Kohima and Longleng districts, on Monday.
In Kohima, the office of the chief medical officer under the aegis of National Health Mission (NHM) conducted the NDD programme at Government Middle School, Officer’s Hill, an update from CMO Kohima stated.
Dr. Khrievilhou Nakhro DPO (RCH/UIP), who launched the programme, said that children suffer from several health issues such as anemia, nutritional impairment, loss of appetite, weakness and anxiety, stomach ache, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea and blood in stool, because of worm infection.
He also said that on National Deworming Day, de-worming tablets is given free-of-cost in the schools and Anganwadi centres targeting children bewteen1-19 years of age, as children should be de-wormed, even though some children do not fall sick.
The DPO also explained on benefits of deworming and said that direct benefits include controlling anemia and improving nutritional uptake, whereas indirect benefits are improved immunity, concentration and capacity to learn, improved work potential and livelihood opportunities.
Dr. Katila Longchar, MO (RBSK), also dwelled on the importance of NDD.
In Longleng, the NDD launching programme was held at Vision Vale School.
Taula (RBSK coordinator) spoke on the importance of deworming, especially for children between the age group of 1-19 years. She also spoke on the health benefits of deworming, stating that it improves a child’s immunity which protects the child from chronic illnesses caused by worms, CMO Longleng stated in a press release.
After the short health talk, the first Albendazole tablet was administered.
The NDD was observed in all the primary health centers and sub-centers under Longleng district and deworming tablets were distributed in all schools, both government and private, it stated.
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