Target to feed Albendazole to 43 lakh children on the worm-free day on 10 February
Meeting with various departments regarding campaign preparations
In Uttarakhand, 88 percent of children in the age group of 1 to 19 years are prone to worm infection. This has been revealed in the survey of the Ministry of Health. In view of this, a special campaign will be launched on 10 February 2020 on Worm Free Day.
The government has set a target of feeding Albendazole, a stomach worm medicine to 43 lakh children of the state. Children will be fed in all government and private schools and Anganwadi centers. The out-of-school children will be given medicines at the ASHA worker Anganwadi centers.
The preparations for the campaign were reviewed in the meeting of the State Coordination Committee chaired by the Mission Director and Additional Secretary, Yugal Kishore Pant at NHM Auditorium on Saturday. Pant said that albendazole medicine would be given to all children in the age group of one to 19 years on 10 February on the worm-free day. Children studying in all government, private schools, Anganwadi centers and madrasas of the state will be fed medicine.
Director-General of Health, Dr. Amita Upreti said that the IQ of children is being affected due to stomach worms and the risk of anemia is also increasing. Director NHM Dr. Anjali Nautiyal, Officer-in-Charge Dr. Kuldeep Singh Mertolia and officers of Nehru Youth Center, Women and Child Development, Technical Education, Municipal Corporation, Education Department, Panchayati Raj Department were present in the meeting.