♦ The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare dewormed children in 277 different areas in 11 states and Union territories including Assam and Chhattisgarh. Since 2016, the program for worm children has been expanded to cover all regions of the country.
♦ Now, National Deworming Day is celebrated twice nationwide on February 10 and August 10 each year. The main goal today is to eliminate intestinal worms or soil-borne worms in children aged 1-19.
♦ According to the World Health Organization, about 2.40 billion children between the ages of 1 and 15 in India are affected by soil-borne helminthiasis (STH). These statistics show that India accounts for about 27% of the world’s children, and these children are affected by intestinal worms every year.
♦ On February 10 and August 10, all government and government-sponsored schools across the country carried out deworming activities for children taking albendazole tablets.
♦ In February 2015, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Assam, Bihar, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Hari The National Organization for Democratic Development and Tripura were formed in 277 districts in 11 states and union territories including Yana, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan. In 2016, NDD expanded to cover all regions of the country. Since then, it has been observed twice nationwide on February 10 and August 10 each year.