Kohima, February 11 (NEx): National deworming day was observed at 164 Battalion (TA) (H&H) Naga Regiment – Jakhama, Nagaland on February 10, 2021. The battalion successfully administered a single dose of Tab/ Syp Albendazole to 37 Children.
National Deworming Day (NDD) is observed on February 10th every year. The day aims at eradicating intestinal worms also known as Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH), among children in the age group of 1-19 years.
The PRO (Def) Kohima in a press release stated that India carries the highest burden of worm infestation and over 22 crore children under 19 years of age are at risk of STH infections in the country.
Worm infections can cause anemia, malnourishment, impaired mental and physical development; and may cause a serious threat to child health, education, and productivity.
The battalion also conducted an awareness campaign about the importance and benefits of deworming, as well as prevention strategies related to improved behaviours and practices for hygiene and sanitation, the PRO added.