IMPHAL: The National Deworming Day will be observed on February 10, 2020 by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the state, health and family welfare department along with State Health Society, NHM, Manipur organised the launch of Deworming Day at the conference Hall of Family Welfare Department on Friday.
This year for the first time, the mission has covered areas to give deworming tablets to all the private schools children also and mobilization of health personnel, state governments and other stakeholders to prioritize investment in control of Soil Transmitted Helminth (STH) infections. It aims to create mass awareness about the most effective and low cost STH treatment administering Albendazole tablets.
On the launching event, Minister of Health and Family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh attended as chief guest, Director of Health Services K. Rajo as president, Director of Social Welfare Department Ngangom Uttam Singh and Director of Higher Education, Khumanthem Diana Devi and Joint Director of Education(S) Hmangte Lerte Kom were the guests of honour.
Health minister L. Jayanta sanitized his hands as a part of awareness and rightly serving Albendazole tablets starting from schools children to departmental officials and also himself consumed a precise dosage, ensuring that the tablets is safe for all ages. The minister appreciated the teamwork of various stakeholders of Manipur Government departments and private institutions for taking initiatives at district wise launching events in the state which is likely to be started from Monday.
Health Services Director K. Rajo stated that National Deworming Day is a groundbreaking initiative focused on reducing parasitic worm infection which is a threat of widespread health issues.
Worm infection can cause anemia, malnourishment, mental and physical development impairment; and may cause a serious threat to children’s health, education and productivity. He instructed that children at the age of (1-2) are to be given half a tablet of Albendazole i,e (200mg) and above the age of 2 are given 1 full tablet Albendazole (400mg). Albendazole tablet has no side effects and in case the doses get missed, a mop up sessions will be carrying out to ensure no child is left out.
Social Welfare Director Ng. Uttam Singh also gave attention to all the facts about the necessity of Deworming Day. He also claimed that consuming Albendazole tablets is no more just for infants, but for all ages to help prevent from various worm infection diseases.
Director of Higher Education Khumanthem Diana Devi and Joint Director of Education (s) Hmangte Lerte Kom also expressed their concerns and opinions as part of their roles as stakeholders of Deworming Day.
Laying out their roles , it was mentioned that with coordination of various privates and government educational department, schools, colleges and anganwadi based deworming program will be taken up to provide a mass and easy way to reach out numbers of targeted age group children, through existing infrastructures rather than creating new channels of distribution.