Panaji: Aug 11, 2019 … MLA St. Cruz Shri Antonio Fernandes launched the first round of ‘National Deworming Day’ at a function organized by State Family Welfare Bureau ( DHS ) in collaboration with Dr. K.B. Hedgewar High School at Cujira Babolim recently.
The National De-worming day is observed in two rounds every year. The next round will be observed in February 2020.
Shri Fernandes while speaking on the occasion called upon the students to take care of their health and follow tips and suggestions of their parents and teachers to maintain their health. He said the Government is taking every step to curb various diseases by making awareness, educating the people. The participation of all the people is must in this endeavor to achieve the objective of de-worming.
Shri Fernandes also suggested that the students should keep themselves away from vices and obey their parents teachers be emerge healthy and well cultured citizens of the country.
The Chief Medical Officer, SFWB (DHS) Dr. Vandana Dhume in her welcome address said that good health of the children is important to decide the future of the country and hence it is important that children receive critical health interventions.
Dr. Dhume said according to the report of WHO, 64% of Indian population, less than 40years of age are at the risk of soil transmitted helmet infection ie: worms. These soil infections leads to morbidity, mal nutrition impaired physical development of the children
Dr. Dhume further said that periodic de-worming of children coupled with improvement of water and sanitation facilities, health education will help to reduce transmission of these infections and therefore to combat these infections the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the biannual National De-worming Day programme where in all the children and adolescent between the age of one to nineteen years will be mass administered one Alpendazole tablet through a single fixed day approach in all School and Anganwadi centre she informed
Dr. Dhume further speaking also informed that In the NDD programme in this round we have a target of covering 24.44 crore children and adolescents in 13 states and Union Territories in India and in Goa we have a target of covering 6, 88, 625 children. In Goa we have planned to cover approximately 1513 Government and Government aided schools, 281 private schools, 1447 Anganwadi centres. During last round of August 2018 we had covered around 367 799 children which is 94% of their fixed target. The objective of observing National De-worming day is to make Goa free of worms she reiterated.
Shri Vilas Satarkar, Head Master Members of RBSK Staff, Teachers and others attended the function.
Dr. Sharvari Gaunekar, medical Officer, RBSK compered the function and also welcomed the guests.
Dr. Jude D’Souza, Health Officer PHC Chimbel proposed the vote of thanks.