National Deworming Day

IAS Prelims 2023

Close to 34 crore children will be reached out to as part of the National Deworming Day initiative on 10th February.

The third annual National Deworming Day (NDD) was on 10 February 2017.

Currently the largest single day, public health program in the world, the National Deworming Day this year reached approximately 34 crore children in the age group of 1-19 years in 34 states and union territories in government and government-aided schools, anganwadis, and private schools.

Preschool and school-based deworming programs are globally recognized as a “development best buy”. Deworming with the safe and beneficial Albendazole 400 mg tablet is an effective solution to controlling worm infections.

India has the highest burden of worm infections in the world, with the WHO estimating in 2014 that over 22 crore Indian children aged 1-14 years are at risk.

Intestinal worm infections can act as a deterrent to children’s growth and development, and can adversely impact performance in school, and livelihood potential later in life.