NDD campaign aims to reach over 1 crore kids in Odisha


Bhubaneswar: The Odisha government aims to reach approximately 1.3 crore children between 1 and 19 years across all districts under the February round of the National Deworming Day bi-annual campaign, informed SIHFW director Dr Lingaraj Mishra.

He said regular deworming prevents children from intestinal parasitic worms that can lead to anaemia, malnutrition, impaired mental, physical and cognitive development and reduced school participation.

Mishra was speaking at a press conference organised by the Health and Family Welfare department in collaboration with UNICEF ahead of the bi-annual round of National Deworming Day campaign and vitamin A supplementation programme.

The campaign will be carried out in convergence with major government departments like Health and Family Welfare, WCD and  MS, S and ME, Panchayati Raj and DW and  ST, SC Development, Minorities and Backward Classes Welfare Department.

“Any child who is not dewormed on National Deworming Day (8th February 2019) due to sickness or absenteeism will be administered the tablet on 14th February 2019 (Mop up Day),” he further added.

Similarly, the director, State Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Dr Bipin Bihari Panigrahi emphasised the importance of mass awareness about the campaign.

Worth mentioning here that the National Deworming Day is one of the largest public health campaigns and aims to deworm all children between the ages of 1-19 age group through government, government-aided, private schools and anganwadi centres.

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