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The deworming drive aimed at distribution of Albendazole tablets to around 6.68 lakh children in both Khammam and Bhadradri-Kothagudem districts as part of the National Deworming Programme (NDP) could not be held as per schedule.
- The previous two batches of the anti-worm tablets supplied to both the districts were found to be ‘Not of Standard Quality’ (NSQ).
- The Telangana State Medical Services and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TSMSIDC) to the officials concerned not to issue the two batches (9658 and 9659) of Albendazole tablets under the NDD programme.
- Worms could lead to anemia, malnourishment and affect the mental ability of children.
- Quality deworming tablets should be supplied to help children combat worm infestation, a leading cause of anemia and impaired mental and physical development.
National Deworming Day:
- The third edition of this National Day is observed every year on February 10, since 2015 launched by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with main objective to combat parasitic worm infections among preschool and school-age children across India.
- National Deworming Day is aimed at deworming all preschool and school-age children (enrolled and non-enrolled) between the ages of 1-19 years through the platform of schools and Anganwadi Centers to improve their overall health, nutritional status, access to education and quality of life.
- About Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) Soil-Transmitted Helminths (STH) also known as parasitic worm is a type of helminth infection (helminthiasis) caused by different species of roundworms.
- They are among the most common worms’ infections worldwide caused specifically by those worms which are transmitted through soil contaminated with faecal matter.
- These worms interfere with nutrient uptake in small children causing parasitic infestation. They live in human intestines and consume nutrients meant for the human body.
- According to WHO, India has the highest burden of STH in the world, with estimated 220 million children (aged 1-14) to be at risk of worm infections.
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